Jûichi-nin iru!

Title:Jûichi-nin iru!
They Were Eleven
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Notables: KAMIYA Akira
R1 License - Central Park Media(Defunct)
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.
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Film adaptation of Moto Hagio's 1975 manga series which premiered on November 1, 1986.
Animated by Kitty Film
Formerly licensed by Central Park Media before its 2009 closure.
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:2604#1552]
This space opera film from the mid-80s has some unique elements for its premise that it presents in its 90-minute run, but does have some major pitfalls in its quality to keep it from sticking out too prominently except for fans of older anime to get some quick enjoyment out of. They Were 11 is sort of like a Lord of the Flies-type scenario where a group of young space academy applicants are surviving on their own on an abandoned spaceship as part of the final phase of their examinations and come to suspect a spy within their ranks. All the 11 characters come from different walks of life, though only a few get a great amount of focus thanks to the movie's limited running time and the spy element to its storyline comes with a nice number of contrivances. The romance that the anime attempts to set up with a pair of characters towards the series finale comes off as unconvincing for me due to the movie lacking a natural flow in its developments thanks to its fast pacing. While the visuals to They Were 11 show their age, their quality is solid with a decent amount of detail on characters and settings plus color quality having reasonable contrast. It's worth a quick watch if you are wanting to dig through any 80s anime titles that come your way, but I wouldn't find it to be very memorable for its quality.

Last updated Sunday, July 29 2012. Created Sunday, July 29 2012.

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