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The first volume of Kazuhiro Furuhashi and Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam UC video anime series has sold 56,000 Blu-ray Discs since March 8 to top both Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo) and Summer Wars as the #1 anime Blu-ray in first-week sales in Japan. Evangelion: 1.11 sold 49,000 copies in its first week of sales last year, and Summer Wars sold 54,000 earlier this month. Gundam UC is now the #2 Blu-ray overall in first-week sales; Michael Jackson's This Is It music documentary film is the only Blu-ray Disc to sell more copies than Summer Wars.
According to the Oricon survey firm, Gundam UC #1 also topped the overall weekly DVD ranking chart with 30,000 units. It is the third anime release to top both the overall weekly DVD chart and the overall weekly Blu-ray chart, after Summer Wars and 2008's Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2's first volume.
Bandai Visual released the first Blu-ray volume of Gundam UC simultaneously in Japan and overseas with Japanese and English dubbing, as well as Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese subtitles.
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Update: Bandai Visual announced on Wednesday that it shipped 75,000 Blu-rays of the first volume of Gundam UC. It also shipped 35,000 DVDs for a total of 110,000 on both formats. Source: animeanime.jp
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