11-nin Iru!
They Were 11
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11-nin Iru!

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English: They Were 11
Synonyms: They Were Eleven!, Juuichinin Iru!, Unicorn no Yume, 6-gatsu no Koe, 10-gatsu no Shoujo-tachi
Japanese: 11人いる!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 11, 1975 to Oct 13, 1975
Genres: Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Space Space
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)


Score: 7.291 (scored by 888888 users)
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Ranked: #42802
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Popularity: #5900
Members: 2,316
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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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11-nin Iru! won the 21st Shogakukan Manga award in shoujo category in 1976.

The manga is included in the English manga anthology Four Shoujo Stories released by VIZ Media in March 1996. It will also be published in Spanish as ¿Quién es el 11º pasajero? by Tomodomo Ediciones in Winter 2016. It was also published in Polish as Było ich jedenaścioro (as part of Mega Manga series) by Japonica Polonica Fantastica in January 2014. The volume contains Zoku 11-nin Iru!: Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa.

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Jun 18, 2020
abystoma2 (All reviews)
They Were Eleven is a manga that tells a more interesting story in one volume than some other manga tell in ten times that amount. It is a shoujo, but it doesn't fall for any of the usual tropes that make the genre boring. It is a pleasant surprise that is still an enjoyable read even almost fifty years after its release.

The core concept of the story is somewhat "classical" - group of people gets stuck in closed area and as the days go by some of them grow less and less irrational and the conflicts inside the group grows. This time with the addition read more
Aug 16, 2011
Karhu (All reviews)
Just another typical shoujo manga.. no, wait. That was what I thought before reading it. Now I can say that this is one of the most unique shoujo mangas I've read. This fairly unknown and underrated oneshot is on the same level with famous oneshots like Hotel, Island and Omoide Emanon. To me, this is better than any of those. Every self-respecting oneshot-fan should prioritize this manga now.

How much can 2 chapters long manga (or any manga in general) offer to its reader anyway ? As much as They were 11 can, I tell you.

What happens when there should be 10 people, who don't read more
Dec 24, 2012
tlne (All reviews)
Nearly 40 years ago, the manga industry changed when a bunch of women known as the Forty-Niners (or the Year 24 Group) practically revolutionized shoujo manga. The works of these women incorporated many different sub-genres (including the first BL) and are now considered epic classics. The most famous of them was Hagio Moto, who is one of the most adored and admired mangaka of all time.

They Were 11 was created in 1975, and is Hagio's longer one-shots. It's technically labeled 'shoujo', but this manga shows how much they really revolutionized the genre, and why the Year 24 Group is well-known for creating those classics. They read more
Mar 19, 2016
tomateunmate (All reviews)
While Moto Hagio is usually considered one of the godmothers of BL it can't be ignored how much she pushed what science fiction was in manga back in the day. Heavily inspired by Ursula K. Leguin this manga touches some romance elements just as an excuse to present how life could be different in other worlds and propose a very interesting setting just for the joy of it (instead of trying to cash in with sequels and expanded universes).

While the art my require a little patience for those not used to the classic shojo look it really should be considered by any science fiction fan read more

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