Posted by psgels on 31 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


What an excellent way to close off the year! Like with Christmas, I wanted to try something special for a movie to watch at the end of 2007, so I went with one that I absolutely knew nothing about, except for an interesting-sounding premise. After having watched it, I must say that even though it’s old, it’s got one of the most memorable storylines in a movie that I’ve ever seen. This is basically Toward the Terra, minus the epic feeling.

While Toward the Terra featured characters of many different ages, They Were Eleven takes place on a much smaller scale: it’s just about the entrance-exam of one of the most prestigious schools of the universe. The universe sounds similar to Toward the Terra as well, with an elite group that stands miles above the ordinary people, but there are changes; different races from humans, for example.

An cast that consists entirely out of aspiring elites has been used more often in anime, but never has the storyline made use of this fact so much. Because every character is elite, they’re well-educated, and they all have their own reason to pass the exam. The writers use this and create a very engaging mystery-storyline that will keep you on your toes. And that’s the great part of this movie.

The characters are also not your average ones, and are easy to like. There are a few stereotypes here and there, but every single character has one trait that makes them different from the all the other ones of their kind. Regarding the flaws of this movie: it loses a bit of its spark around the end. I’m a big fan of mystery-anime, but they’re always tricky to end well without being predictable. Another point of criticism is that two or three side-characters needed more development than they received.

Still, this is an excellent example of a well-developed old-school movie. The other characters are well-enough developed for the short time that the story has, and they all turned into a memorable cast. The few moments of comedy were also quite welcome. If you’re a fan of shoujo and science-fiction series, then this is a recommended movie.

Well, that’s it for 2007. For those who are already in 2008: Happy New Year! For those like me who still have a few hours left in 2007: Happy New Year in advance!

One Response

  1. Meep says:

    Aw..this review is all lonely, written in 2007 and no comment.. -changes all that-

    I just finished watching this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love these kinda scenarios where a group of random people are thrown into a survival situation, kinda like one of my favorite non-anime movies, Cube (1997). It was interesting how at the end of this film, they showed what happened to each of the characters afterwards. xD Some of them were unexpected…

    I’ve already seen Toward the Terra, but I think I should give Infinite Ryvius another shot since the premise is very similar. Another anime film called Lily C.A.T. is another suggestion from an anime recommendation database..

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:12 PM)
    PS: love Akira, like GITS, love Cowboy Bebop and surprisingly like serial experiments Lain.
    I don’t need to hate on Eva to prove I am awesome.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:11 PM)
    @Aidan: I remember a time in your own words where you said “I can reign in my bias about fate and write about it on here”
    And “I’ve gotten over that people hate on/don’t like fate/zero, theres no reason to force yourself Kaiser”.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:10 PM)
    You heard it here people. If you hate on Eva, you are an SAO fan.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:08 PM)
    …do you even know me at all.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:07 PM)
    It’s a fact that people hate on Eva to sound cool, and that’s a seriously low form of pack mentality. They call Akira overrated, Ghost in the Shell boring, Cowboy Bebop lame, Serial Experiment Lain gay and so on. None of it is sincere or of any merit. Lots of it are newcomers that want to justify their lack of knowledge by trying to make it as if these were all worthless to begin with, so now they can just say that SAO is the best show out there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    Or basically just run along with it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    Just to clear up some disengunous assumptions. I do have shows I like more than Fate. Considering that you are going on this long in defense of Eva and still claim not to have blind bias is that not proof that you do. I mean you can talk crap about Fate any day here. Mention the deus ex machina, heavy exposition, crap pacing and even call the writing bad and you know what I will say?
    Yup on that, still gonna buy the blurays though.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    I can imagine probably/potentially getting a far more positive reaction from End of Eva now and talking of it, it reminds me that how as I’ve gotten older I respond much better to mindscramblers, I could just let the film wash over me now.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:54 PM)
    @Bam, there is no fact in opinion.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:50 PM)
    *when I was a kid

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