Roots Search: Shokushin Buttai X
Roots Search
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English: Roots Search
Synonyms: Roots Search: Life Devourer X
Japanese: ルーツ・サーチ 食心物体X


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 10, 1986
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-FiSci-Fi, SpaceSpace, HorrorHorror
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 4.211 (scored by 10701,070 users)
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Ranked: #104792
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Popularity: #8124
Members: 2,269
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When a research crew in deep space discovers the desolate ship "Green Planet" that warps into their area, they encounter Buzz, the commander and sole surivor of the ship. Being too incapacitated to make them aware of the situation of his ship, the research team will soon discover that they have found something far, far worse...

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Characters & Voice Actors

Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Han, Keiko
Buttai X
Yara, Yuusaku
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Kobayashi, Michitaka
Ginga, Banjou
Kobayashi, Osamu


Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director
Endou, Katsumi
Koujina, Hiroshi
Key Animation
Shimada, Michiru

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"The Labyrinth of Space" by Kumiko Kaori

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Oct 23, 2010
Merridian (All reviews)
There is a reason Roots Search has been forgotten: it’s terrible. It isn’t terrible because the character development is shoddy, inconsistent, and arbitrary. It isn’t terrible because the plot is convoluted to the point of making obtuse art films seem lucid in comparison. It isn’t even terrible because of its low-budget animation quality or awkward pacing. With the right mixture of each of these, one could make a title that is “so bad it’s good”. And yet, somehow, Roots Search manages to just barely miss even this mark. It’s simply a case of being “so bad it’s still terrible”.

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Nov 9, 2018
ArcFloof (All reviews)
Straight from the heart of the OVA boom of the mid 1980s comes Roots Search, a weird sci-fi horror with a rushed, bland plot and the finest mediocre animation 1986 had to offer. I couldn't tell you were I found this one as it had been in my collection for quite a while but I could not recall where exactly I'd obtained it. Probably part of a larger batch with some other equally terrible 80s OVAs.

I watched a sub on Laserdisc. The best part was those sweet refraction effects that just don't look the same outside of Laserdisc.

The story was awful. Quite cliche. read more
Jun 19, 2017
tomateunmate (All reviews)
For many this just another piece in the long catalogue of AIC properties that were made by nobodies and can be only enjoyed by riffing on them. The two names that stand out in the production are the script writer, which is closer to what the US calls "script doctors" and just tries to make sense of the director's idea; and the mecha designer that you could know from Nadesico or Rayheart S2.

The production costs are divided between the gore scenes (with some decent blood splashes because 90's) and set designs. If there's something to enjoy here is the biologicaly infected spaceships, the later read more

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