They Were Eleven
|They Were Eleven|
They Were Eleven DVD cover
|Genre||Science fiction, suspense|
|Written by||Moto Hagio|
|Original run||September 1975 – November 1975|
|Live-action television film|
|Released||January 2, 1977|
|Directed by||Satoshi Dezaki|
|Licensed by||Central Park Media|
|Released||November 1, 1986|
They Were Eleven (11人いる! Jūichinin Iru!) is a manga by Moto Hagio which ran in Shōjo Comic for three issues from September through November 1975. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1976, and a sequel Horizon of the East, Eternity of the West was produced in 1976. It was published in English as part of the anthology Four Shōjo Stories. The anime film was licensed and released in North America by Central Park Media. It was first released on subtitle VHS in the early 1990s, then later re-released on VHS in 1996 with a newly produced English Dub. It was later re-released on DVD in 2004 (with both language tracks). It is now out of print. The manga was also briefly published by Viz Media under the anthology 'Four Shoujo Stories', but it is also currently out of print.
The manga was adapted as a one-episode, 40-minute television drama broadcast on 1977-01-02 as part of the Shōnen Drama Series on NHK. Ten years later, it was adapted as a theatrical anime movie, released November 1986. In 2004, a theatrical stage adaptation was produced.
Ten young space cadets are put onto a decommissioned spaceship as their final test. If they pass this test, their lifelong dreams of being valued people in their respective societies will come true. Their orders are to survive as long as they can with what they have. However, once they arrive at the ship, they find that their crew has gained an eleventh member—and no one can remember the original lineup well enough to recognize which of them is the newcomer.
As the days pass, the eleven cadets must deal with their suspicions of each other as well as the sudden knowledge that the spaceship is in a decaying orbit around a star, which is causing the temperature on the ship to rise. With this rise in temperature, a sickness begins to spread among the crew as they work to stabilize their orbit and determine who among them is the spy.
- Tadatos Lane (Tada): Akira Kamiya (Japanese), Curtis Jones (English)
- Frolbericheri Frol (Frol): Michiko Kawai (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
- King Mayan Baceska (His Majesty): Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese), Steven Blum (English)
- Doricas Soldam IV (Fourth): Toshio Furukawa (Japanese), David Hayter (English)
- Ganigus Gagtos (Ganga): Tesshō Genda (Japanese), Dean Elliot (English)
- Amazon Carnias (Amazon): Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), Steven Blum (English)
- Vidminer Knume (Knu): Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Joe Romersa (English)
- Colonel Glenn Groff (Mule): Michihiro Ikemizu (Japanese), Henry Malloy (English)
- Dolph Tasta (Red nose): Kōzō Shioya (Japanese), Steven Blum (English)
- Toto Ni (Toto): Tarako (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)
- Chaco Kacka (Chaco): Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Japanese), Dean Allen (English)
- Director: Satoshi Dezaki, Tsuneo Tominaga
- Executive Producer: Hidenori Taga
- Original Story: Moto Hagio
- Planning: Moichi Ochiai
- Screenplay: Toshiaki Imaizumi, Katsumi Koide
- Animation Director: Keizo Shimizu
- Character Design: Akio Sugino, Keizo Shimizu
- Effects Director: Kenichi Maejima
- Mechanical Design: Yōichi Yajima
- Art Director: Junichi Azuma
- Cinematography: Nobuo Koyama
- Audio Director: Shigeharu Shiba
- Music Director: Zen Oikawa
- Music: Hirohiko Fukuda
- Theme Song: Boku no Honesty, Shinichirō Kawakami
- Producer: Kotoku Minoru
- Production: Magic Bus, Kitty Film
- "Moto Hagio's They Were Eleven Sequel Gets Stage Play". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- 小学館漫画賞：歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.