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They Were Eleven (1986)

Jûichi-nin iru! (original title)
Cosmo Academy has set a test for ten of its applicants to survive on a spaceship for 2 months. But there is an eleventh member aboard.

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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)
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Elder (1996) (voice) (as Alfred Thor)
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Fourth (1996) (voice) (as Sean Barker)
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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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From the Queen of Sci-fi Manga with a Gender Twist
31 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Based on one of the best works of Moto Hagio, whose sci-fi manga often played games with gender. In this case, in a future academy training people for space travel, the entrance exam comes down to a 53-day training flight with a crew of ten. When the mission starts, however, there are eleven on board. They need to figure out who the odd man is and why he's there; not to mention inconvenient power outages, bouts of temperament between applicants from different planets, and Frol. This student has long blonde hair and a far too pretty face, but is flat- chested and declares himself to be a male. Sorting out that question is perhaps the most important part of the anime: what makes up gender in the future, and--by extension--in the present. This has made Hagio a major manga artist, and this anime captures her story.

The anime was dubbed back in the 1980s, and the dub has limitations. Among these is Frol's being given a Texas accent--which was for a time a convention meant to set apart characters who spoke in a western Japan dialect (Kansai). Still, for me this is part of a trilogy of shoujo sci-fi--including Saki Hiwatari's classic "Please Save My Earth" and the seldom-seen "E.Y.E.S. of Mars".


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