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They Were Eleven (1986)
"Jûichi-nin iru!" (original title)

 -  Animation | Action | Adventure  -  1992 (USA)
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A group of students from the Cosmo Academy are about to take their final exam: surviving for over fifty days in a derelict ship. But when they arrive, they discover that instead of ten ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Akira Kamiya ...
Tada (voice)
Michiko Kawai ...
Frol (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ...
King (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Fourth (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Genga (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Amazon (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Knu (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Thickhead (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ...
Rednose (voice)
Tarako ...
Toto (voice)
Tsutomu Kashiwakura ...
Chako (voice)
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Amazon / King / Rednose (1996) (voice) (as Steven Jay)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ...
Toto (1996) (voice) (as Dorothy Melendrez)
Dean Elliott ...
Genga (1996) (voice)
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Elder (1996) (voice) (as Alfred Thor)
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A group of students from the Cosmo Academy are about to take their final exam: surviving for over fifty days in a derelict ship. But when they arrive, they discover that instead of ten students, there are eleven. One of them doesn't belong there. Written by Serdar Yegulalp

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According to translator Matt Thorn, in the revised edition of the manga, it is implied that there are female cadets, but that Tada's group is an all male group. In the original, it was implied that the academy accepted only males. Moto Hagio made this change for rather obvious reasons. See more »

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They Were Eleven (1986)
13 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Excellent idea and some fantastic moments. They Were 11 is the story of 10 cadets going on a final training mission. However, once they arrive at the ship they discover that there are now 11 trainees. Who does not belong? Is this part of their final test? etc. The film soon descends into paranoia, as everybody suspects each other. Some become leaders, and some followers. For such a short running time, it was incredible to see most of the 11 get equal screen time. Despite its science fiction setting and anime style, the film is a bit dialog heavy. Most of it revolves around discussions as to who is the 11th person. It's more like a play at times, which can cause it to be stale. When there is action, it's well handled. We are also treated to some amazing characters. The main love interest isn't a female, but a hermaphrodite, that will be able to choose their sex at some point. They want to become a man, for a better position in the army, but they soon fall in love with one of their male coworkers. This is such a complex relationship, and unlike anything you'd ever see in western animation. It asks whether gender is important to love, and whether gender is important to careers. This relationship is enough to warrant its high rating.


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