They Were Eleven

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They Were Eleven
They Were 11 DVD cover.jpg
They Were Eleven DVD cover
(Jūichinin Iru!)
GenreScience fiction, suspense[1]
Written byMoto Hagio
Published byShogakukan
MagazineShōjo Comic
Original runSeptember 1975November 1975
Live-action television film
Original networkNHK
ReleasedJanuary 2, 1977
Runtime40 minutes
Anime film
Directed bySatoshi Dezaki
Tsuneo Tominaga
StudioMagic Bus
Licensed byCentral Park Media
ReleasedNovember 1, 1986
Runtime91 minutes

Stage adaptation

  • Original run: June 25, 2004 - June 28, 2004
  • Theatre: Theatre Daikan'yama
  • Director: Masato Yasui
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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,[2] and a sequel Horizon of the East, Eternity of the West was produced in 1976.[3] 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.




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  1. ^ "Moto Hagio's They Were Eleven Sequel Gets Stage Play". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. ^ 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  3. ^

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