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They Were Eleven

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Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
They Were Eleven 1975 TBD
Four Shoujo Stories 1996 TBD
Name Role
Akio SUGINO Character Design
Keizo SHIMIZU Character Design
Tsuneo TOMINAGA Director
Hirohiko FUKUDA Music
Moto HAGIO Original Manga Creator
Kotoku MINORU Producer

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They Were Eleven valondar 7.8/10 Jan 21, 2009

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Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius

What happens when authority and consequence are removed? When the inmates truly run the asylum. On the spaceship Ryvius there are those who would fight for order, and many more who would fight to destroy it. Love, hate, anger, greed, avarice, and perhaps hope are the fuel for the Ryvius, and only one can save those who call it home...

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sothis
Infinite Ryvius and They Were Eleven definitely have similar plot points, as well as a high level of angst and tension you could cut with a knife. Very interesting stories that will enthrall your attention. I highly think if you liked one, you'd like the other.
DistMan

They Were Eleven and Infinite Ryvius feature the same kind of themes: a bunch of people stuck in narrow space. This takes its toll on the characters, especially psychologically, and  the true essence of their personalities surfaces. Who will handle the pressure and stay calm? Who will freak out, who will go insane? People change as the genetical instincts slowly but surely grow stronger within them. Both series depict this change very well. That, and how different leadership doctrines lead to very different outcomes.

KeeperofDemons
Both series show how people that find themselves stuck together deal with dangerous situations when they appear. Infinite Ryvius is more elaborate and goes deeper down the emotions ladder while They Were Eleven has more of a analytical feel to it.
VivisQueen

Both Infinite Ryvius and They Were Eleven start with a tragic accident in space and then follow a team of student astronauts as they try to survive an unprecedented situation. What matters in both is the team dynamic - how they muddle through pooling their strengths to overcome their individual flaws. Both shows also work very well with their format; expect a sleek 'whodunnit' story from the movie They Were Eleven, and a more deliberate pseudo-space opera from the 26-episode Infinite Ryvius.

NimirRa

These two shows take the Lord of the Flies concept, put a sci-fi twist on it, and run with it! They have other similarties, and even more differences, but I think with the general concept being the same that fans of one show will find the different spin on the story to be a refreshing watch.

Lily C.A.T.

Lily C.A.T.
  • OVA (1 ep x 67 min)
  • 1987

In the distant future, employees of the Syncam Corporation board a spaceship bound for a newly-discovered planet; while the voyage will take twenty years, deep sleep capsules ensure that the occupants age only a single year. Now, that time has passed and the crew awakens, only to discover a frightening partial transmission from headquarters: two of them are not employees – they are criminals. One by one, members of the group soon begin to die for unknown reasons; and what’s worse, the bodies begin to disappear. Now, these men and women must race against the clock to discover the fakes in their midst, find out the reason behind the deaths, and most importantly, stay alive at all costs!

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neutrino

The premise of both films are very similar--stuck on a ship without any outside help, with an unknown stowaway on board.  They must band together or die fighting an outside force.  While both are sci-fi pieces from the 80s, Lily C.A.T. is more a mystery-suspense, while They Were 11 is more space opera.  Both contain surprises and revelations that keep the viewer watching until the end.

cerberus38

Both of these animes thrust a crew of different people into a situation where suspicion is rife amongst the crew and someone is an imposter. Following several incidents the remainder of the crew has to try to figure out who is lying and solve their problems before they all die. Both animes have similar settings and tones so if you like one, try the other.

Twin Spica

Twin Spica

When Asumi was just a baby, a space shuttle accident changed her life, and the lives of the townspeople of Yuigahama, forever. As a young woman, the spirited Asumi has only one desire: to someday travel to the stars in a rocket, with her father and ghostly friend Lion-san along for the ride. With heartache, happiness, and plenty of determination, Asumi and dozens of talented teenagers now face the greatest challenge of their lives: the test to enter a prestigious space academy, so that they may one day reach out and touch the stars...

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sothis
Twin Spica and They Were Eleven definitely share a bit of plot, but in general, I really just think you'd like one if you like the other. Maybe it's the mix of sci fi and calmness, who knows? I just get a feeling you'd like it ;)
seasong

These both have entrance exams to space-related schools.  The exams have very similar set ups.  The atmosphere of these two is similar, I really enjoyed them both.

Another

Another

26 years ago, something terrible happened in a middle school’s third year classroom. A popular, talented student named Misaki suddenly died, and the ramifications of that incident have caused each third year class since then to live in fear. It is now 1998, and Kouchi Sakakibara has just transferred into the notorious classroom, curious about the mysterious secret that his peers are hiding from him. He’s drawn to one enigmatic girl named Mei Misaki, a quiet student who wears an eye patch and warns him about getting involved with her, and continues to seek her out against the pleas of his classmates. And that’s when people begin to violently die...

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DreamMonster

Another is horror, They Were Eleven Sci-Fi, but I found the concept of their stories a little bit similar. They both are also filled with mystery and suspense.  Another is more violent though ... but They Were Eleven is interesting in other ways.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars
  • Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
  • 1988

Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Musell is an ambitious, aspiring young admiral within the Galactic Empire, who has earned the animosity of his peers; they believe that he has reached his position only due to his sister’s influence with Kaiser Goldenbaum, earning him the nickname of "the Admiral under the skirt." Meanwhile, Alliance Commodore Wen-Li Yang, fresh from his heroic victory against overwhelming odds at El Facil, has just been given the unenviable assignment of military advisor to a self-assured superior officer. Both of these Galactic Heroes, on opposite sides of the conflict, face the same task of having to overcome their superiors’ suspicions and win the day at "the 4th Tiamat Battle" of a 150-year-long war.

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valondar

Two classic space opera anime films from the 1980s. Admittedly 'My Conquest is the Sea of Stars' is the opening picture in a large sci-fi franchise while They Were Eleven is standalone, but either one is sure to satisfy fans of classic space opera.