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

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Synonyms: They Were Eleven!, Juuichinin Iru!, Unicorn no Yume, 6-gatsu no Koe, 10-gatsu no Shoujo-tachi
Japanese: 11人いる!
English: They Were 11!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 11, 1975 to Oct 13, 1975
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Space Space
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)


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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
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 ...
Mar 19, 2016
Preliminary (3/4 eps)
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 ...
Dec 24, 2012
Preliminary (2/4 eps)
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 ...

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