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Roots Search

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Deep in the recesses of space, onboard a space station, a young woman named Moira is having terrifying dreams of her crewmates' bloody future. As if to prove the premonition, a lone spacecraft later descends upon the station casting a SOS distress call, though only one member of its crew was left alive. The visions begin to come true when Moira and her friends uncover a mysterious alien who can somehow manifest itself into their fears and regrets. With the crew being picked off on by one, and tensions rising, can any of them last long enough to escape?

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Sanae KOBAYASHI Character Design
Hisashi SUGAI Director
Osamu SHOOJI Music
Kiyoshi SHOJI Producer

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Roots Search sothis 5.8/10 Jan 15, 2005

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Lily C.A.T.

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  • OVA (1 ep x 67 min)
  • 1987

In the distant future, employees of the Syncam Corporation board a spaceship bound for a newly-discovered planet; while the voyage will take twenty years, deep sleep capsules ensure that the occupants age only a single year. Now, that time has passed and the crew awakens, only to discover a frightening partial transmission from headquarters: two of them are not employees – they are criminals. One by one, members of the group soon begin to die for unknown reasons; and what’s worse, the bodies begin to disappear. Now, these men and women must race against the clock to discover the fakes in their midst, find out the reason behind the deaths, and most importantly, stay alive at all costs!

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neutrino

Both are series about ships in deep space and what happens when something goes horribly awry.  They're both very nostalgic 80s in style (with ample amounts of cheese on the side), but still enjoyable to watch.

chii

Both anime are about how bad things can get in space when you don't have any idea what is attacking you. Both shows are VERY 80's so there's a certain amount of cheese to them. Both have plenty of action and suspence that will keep you guessing what will happen next. I found Roots Search to be very terrible where Lily Cat was at least entertaining in it's terribleness. Check one out if you liked the other.

Bradalee

Both are your usual 80's OVA fare, with terrible animation, a plot that's either terrible or that makes no sense at all, a cheesy soundtrack, and a quite stunning lack of subtlety in every area. 

These "horror" OVA's aren't so much scary as they are plain boring, or completely awful, but if you like your cheesy 80's gore horror then knock yourself out! 

They Were Eleven

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  • Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
  • 1986

Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...

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sothis
They Were Eleven is definitely more of a mystery, while Roots Search is quite a bit like Event Horizon and more of a horror of sorts. Regardless, they both have the same kind of suspenseful feel (and are sci fi, to boot). If you liked one, odds are you'd enjoy the other.
neutrino

Both films are about a ship that gets taken over by an unknown force, and how the crew struggles to survive and remain sane and rational.

Archetypes Forces

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  • OVA (1 ep x 15 min)
  • 2002

It is the year 2124, and the crew of a medical transport ship are carrying dangerous cargo to its destination. The contents, though mostly unknown, are rumored to be viral in nature, and must not be let out under any circumstances. But when a leak occurs, the ship, as well as the crew, is at risk of being destroyed. With only two robotic space suits and limited ammo, can they escape in time, or are their fates sealed?

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chii

Both anime are about how bad things can get in space when you don't have any idea what is attacking you. Archetypes Forces is short and CG where Roots Search is VERY 80's. Both have plenty of action and suspence that will keep you guessing what will happen next. Check one out if you liked the other.

Baoh

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Ikurou is a young man with problems: after a terrible car accident, he was captured by a seedy organization and implanted with a parasite known as Baoh -- a creature which bestows superhuman powers on its host, especially when mortally wounded. While being transported by train, he is accidentally set free by Sumire, young a psychic girl, and the two make their escape. With more of his humanity slipping away by the minute, and the organization hot on their tracks, will the two escape with their lives, or simply cause a bloodbath along the way?

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Taekwondoin

Both are so bad that they're good, in that way that only 80's OVA's can manage. Neither have a particularly well thought out plots, both have moments of laugh out loud badness, if you're looking for something to really have a good laugh at, both of these shows should do the job for you.

Gall Force 1: Eternal Story

Gall Force 1: Eternal Story
  • Movie (1 ep x 85 min)
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In the distant reaches of the galaxy, the all-female Solnoids and alien Paranoids, two advanced civilizations, have been at war for centuries. In the midst of a battle, a SOS is sent for the Solenoid fleet to protect a newly-terraformed planet from its enemies; but during the escape, one ship was left behind, crippled and wounded. With only a handful of survivors left, the Star Leaf must now race against the clock to rendevous at Planet Chaos... that is, until something goes terribly wrong.

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sothis

Roots Search and an arc of Eternal Story are Alien wannabee ripoffs that have a very similar feel. If old school sci fi titles and an Alien tone are what you enjoy, you'd like each of these.