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11-nin Iru!

Alternative Titles

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: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 2,148 users)
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Ranked: #22782
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The elite Cosmo Academy attracts applicants from every stellar nation in the galaxy. One young hopeful is Tadatos Lane, an orphan esper from Terra. The final stage of the academy's entrance exam is a perilous mission simulation aboard an actual derelict starship. The applicants depart for the ships in groups of ten, but when Tada's crew arrives on the Esperanza, they are horrified to discover that they now number eleven. As the test progresses, things go awry and the atmosphere grows increasingly tense. The crew members begin to suspect sabotage, and Tada appears to be the likely culprit.

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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)

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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
Nov 19, 2016
noGiAnime (All reviews)
OVERALL: 7.4 (Good)
I honestly can't believe I hadn't heard of this before! "They Were Eleven" (1986) is an adaptation of the 1975 manga "11-nin Iru" by Moto Hagio. Among the founders of modern shoujo, she is heavily influenced by the works of science fiction authors Issac Asimov (Foundation, I, Robot) and Arthur C. Clark (The Sentinel, 2001: A Space Odyssey) and even adapted short stories from "R is for Rocket" by Ray Bradbury (Farenheit 451) into manga. "11-nin Iru" would actually go on to win the Shogakukan Manga Award for best Shounen. Originally adapted in 1977 to live action, the anime came nearly a read more
Feb 4, 2010
Skarmory (All reviews)
This is an extremely obscure anime movie. The only way I even heard about it was because the GeekNights podcast was saying how great it was. Finding this thing is incredibly difficult. I ended up having to get it via a Netflix rental.

I'm not really a fan of old-school anime, but I gave this a shot. And it was good.
It's an incredibly interesting concept. And the pacing is well done. And there's lots of action. There's really interesting situations that the characters go through. And it's suspenseful... I guess.

And well... yeah. There's not much I can say without spoiling it.


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