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NEWS: Gundam UC 2 Tops Weekly Blu-ray Chart with 81,000


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msgundam2



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Everyone loves Gundam.
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HAZA! Quality sells! FINALY!
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Deserves to be too Gundam Unicorn is awesome, albeit expensive but worth it if your a fan of old school Gundam.
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luffypirate



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:50 pm Reply with quote
BeanBandit wrote:
Deserves to be too Gundam Unicorn is awesome, albeit expensive but worth it if your a fan of old school Gundam.


There's a domestic version for all the cheapies. Faded 1080p in all its glory Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:51 pm Reply with quote
sonickid101 wrote:
HAZA! Quality sells! FINALY!


Quality, brand recognition and high production values. Gundam Unicorn enjoys the benefits of all three of those. Which is certainly pleasant but far from surprising or unexpected.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:40 pm Reply with quote
Awesome!

Any idea how well it is doing stateside?
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Ingraman



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:10 am Reply with quote
smilydude13 wrote:
Any idea how well it is doing stateside?

That's something that I'm curious about. Unfortunately, it's probably safe to say that sales in the US won't get anywhere near 81,000.
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smilydude13



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:10 am Reply with quote
Ingraman wrote:
smilydude13 wrote:
Any idea how well it is doing stateside?

That's something that I'm curious about. Unfortunately, it's probably safe to say that sales in the US won't get anywhere near 81,000.
Well, I just hope it's doing well enough that it continues to warrant dubbing and that it inspires future releases here.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:51 am Reply with quote
I can't imagine it's doing too stellar in the states. The UC Gundam fanbase over here is already kinda small. Then ya gotta discount those who don't have Blu-ray players. Then ya gotta subtract those who imported it because the US release didn't come with the exclusives. Then ya gotta subtract those who were turned off by the still very high price. Finally, ya gotta remember that this release is only limit to two stores that are both online, so there's almost zero chance that a casual consumer will buy, let alone even physically see the BD.

For the record, I own the first two volumes, and I'm not happy with paying close to Japanese prices and not getting exclusives...
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Zin5ki



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:56 pm Reply with quote
RedTail wrote:
Then ya gotta discount those who don't have Blu-ray players.

To Bandai's credit, they are addressing this with a DVD release in the near future.
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Charred Knight



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:11 pm Reply with quote
nightjuan wrote:
sonickid101 wrote:
HAZA! Quality sells! FINALY!


Quality, brand recognition and high production values. Gundam Unicorn enjoys the benefits of all three of those. Which is certainly pleasant but far from surprising or unexpected.


You also forget that the author Harutoshi Fukui is quite popular in Japan having his Shusen no Lorelei novel get made into a movie. The reason most westerners have never heard of him is because Fukui's past work is known for glorifying Imperial Japan.

http://www.tohokingdom.com/reviews/carrozza/lorelei.htm
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RedTail



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:26 pm Reply with quote
Charred Knight wrote:
nightjuan wrote:
sonickid101 wrote:
HAZA! Quality sells! FINALY!


Quality, brand recognition and high production values. Gundam Unicorn enjoys the benefits of all three of those. Which is certainly pleasant but far from surprising or unexpected.


You also forget that the author Harutoshi Fukui is quite popular in Japan having his Shusen no Lorelei novel get made into a movie. The reason most westerners have never heard of him is because Fukui's past work is known for glorifying Imperial Japan.

http://www.tohokingdom.com/reviews/carrozza/lorelei.htm


Glorious Nippon!

I remember reading about the Lorelei movie years ago. Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino supposedly has a cameo or some minor role in it. Didn't realize it was Fukui's baby though.
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Charred Knight



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RedTail wrote:


Glorious Nippon!

Do you honestly not know the massive war crimes the Imperial Japan committed? They rivaled the Nazis. Even if you're joking that's inappropriate.
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nightjuan



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:24 pm Reply with quote
Charred Knight wrote:

You also forget that the author Harutoshi Fukui is quite popular in Japan having his Shusen no Lorelei novel get made into a movie. The reason most westerners have never heard of him is because Fukui's past work is known for glorifying Imperial Japan.

http://www.tohokingdom.com/reviews/carrozza/lorelei.htm


This isn't the first time you've brought it up either, so I'll acknowledge that it's a valid observation. The thing is, it's hard to measure how much of that is actually relevant in this particular case. I suspect it's not the most important variable though.

Why? First off, because the author's past works have little or nothing to do with Gundam Unicorn in terms of subject matter, setting or format. I can't speak for his entire body of work but an obvious parallel appears to be missing, don't you think? Nothing I've seen in Unicorn so far seems to be remotely related to what you've described, unless we want to make rather forced comparisons.

Second, his novels and movies are most likely far more popular than Gundam Unicorn in terms of sales, readers and viewers. Only a fraction of those would have overlapping interests with anime fans. If anything, you'd expect hundreds of thousands of initial sales, as a minimum, at least if you're assuming the author's previous fame is one of the main factors involved in the popularity of this OVA.

I wouldn't argue that influence is necessarily irrelevant, no, but it's not inherently overwhelming either. It's, admittedly, another part of the same equation.
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