11-nin Iru!

They Were Eleven

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English: They Were Eleven
Synonyms: They Were 11, Juuichinin Iru!
Japanese: 11人いる!


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 1, 1986
Producers: Kitty Films
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: Magic Bus
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi, AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, SpaceSpace, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.101 (scored by 34483,448 users)
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Ranked: #31922
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After the Interstellar Alliance established peace among most of the planets in the universe, they created the Cosmo Academy. The academy is renowned as the most elite school in existence, with its graduates guaranteed virtually any job they desire. However, one can only become a student if they pass the entrance examinations held every three years, making the competition for admission extremely fierce.

Lane Tadatos is a Terran who has managed to reach the final stage of examinations. Placed in a group of 10, he is sent to the Esperanza—a ship stranded in orbit. Their final test is to survive 53 days on the ship, without any means of communication with the outside other than an emergency forfeit button. But a serious problem emerges for the examinees when they perform a headcount. There are 11 people aboard the Esperanza, meaning that one of them is an impostor.

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Tominaga, Tsuneo
Director, Storyboard
Dezaki, Satoshi
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Hagio, Moto
Original Creator


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"Boku no Honesty ( 僕のオネスティ)" by Shinichirou Kawakami (川上進一郎)

May 4, 2010
Mr_Panda (All reviews)
~Mr. Panda's VCR of Doom: #3~

They Were 11 takes place in the far future where the united races of space have constructed an academy that trains the future leaders of the galaxy. Only the creme de la creme even stand a chance at passing the entrance exam. Those that do must face a final test before admission, and that's where this particular work takes us. Ten applicants must survive on a decrepit spaceship for a giving amount of time. Upon arriving, they find their are eleven rather than the prescribed ten.

The concept for this story--as near as I can tell--is one read more
Sep 26, 2012
Echoes (All reviews)
They Were 11, an overlooked classic.

In the distant future, warp technology has allowed humanity to explore the vast expanses of space, meeting strange races and populating other planets far away from our humble earth. They Were 11 follows Tada, a man who aspires to join the prestigious Cosmo Academy. As part of the final entrance test, all of the remaining applicants are split into groups of ten and put into actual starships to work together and survive for 53 days without outside assistance.

However, as soon as Tada and his group are safely aboard the starship, they notice something is amiss. There are 11 people aboard. read more
May 28, 2017
infxone (All reviews)
- Not a Thriller, More of a Shoujo Oneshot -

They Were Eleven is a movie with an incredibly interesting premise. Genius candidates from across the galaxy are taking the most important exam of their lives to get into the elite Cosmo Academy. Ten of these candidates are grouped to take the final portion of the exam: survive living on a space station for 45 days. However, once aboard, the candidates realize there are not ten, but eleven members on the ship. With dangerous situations abound including hidden bombs and dangerous viruses, these crew members must work together to survive read more
Jun 20, 2017
Yemi_Hikari (All reviews)
One of the problems a series may find itself being bogged down with is having that unique thing which draws people in, and regarding this movie, it has that unique thing. The problem is, I struggled a bit with believing what made this one unique – the premise. In truth, this may be why I’ve yet to see another movie with this premise since this 1980s film. There are only so many ways one can go with said premise, but one is also dealing with some very bizarre extremes.

And while the piece tries to be ahead of its time with characters like Frol, who at read more

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