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After gifted scientist Dr. Nishiyama loses his teenage daughter in an airplane accident, the bereaved father makes a robot exactly like her with her personality impressed on its cybernetic brain. Limit stands in for the dead girl, not telling her closest friends that she has a computer in place of a heart; she yearns for human happiness like Key the Metal Idol. However, in a foreshadowing of many, many later artificial heroines, Limit only has a year to live-compare to Video Girl Ai.
The studio obviously thought it was onto a winner with an anime based on a proposal from Hiromi Productions, which was then transformed into a manga by Shinji Nagashima, combining the magical girl with the Astro Boy concept. Twelve days later saw the first broadcast of Go Nagai's Cutey Honey, which does the same thing, but with more action and bigger breasts, decisively stealing its thunder. Aimed at a very different audience than Nagai's heroine, Limit may not have registered as powerfully on the public consciousness, but she had a successful career in Italy, where she has many fans under the name Cybernella. Manga tie-ins were published in Shojo weekly and Terebi Land magazines.
Although the "girl with a time limit" concept is enough to assure Limit her place in history, the show was also one of the first to save costs by using overseas labor-the last five episodes were prepared in collaboration with Toki Doga, a South Korean company.