The 6 biggest anime flops

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A higher budget doesn’t always mean higher earnings and These 6 anime films are proof of that.

Now you might be asking yourself what flop?

A flop is where a project is unprofitable during its theatrical run.

These anime all followed a similar pattern where they were too ambitious and prioritized animation/CGI over their plot and story.

1. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

This probably is no surprise by now. In fact so much money was poured into production, that the project got a Guinness world record for the most expensive film inspired by a video game.

The whole movie felt like a video game cut scene, which could be a good thing depending if you play video games.


in the year 2065 planet Earth. Deadly creatures known as Phantoms have appeared all over the planet, and mere contact with these entities is lethal.

scientists Aki Ross and her mentor, Dr. Sid, whose investigations have revealed that there exists a form of spiritual, Gaia energy that can eradicate the Phantom’s presence from this world.

2. Saint Seiya Legend Of The Sanctuary

If you felt like you have seen this anime before its because its an adaption of a much older anime.

You know, the show where everyone wore gold outfits.

Well anyways, it performed like shit. It reminds me of the Captain Harlock movie since its a bad adaptation, but has some great CGI. I would say that the CGI in this movie is probably one of my favorite in anime.


From the dawn of time, there have been warriors who protected the Goddess Athena. Once forces of evil appear, these warriors, called the Saints will present themselves.

A young woman, Saori Kido, learns about this force known as “Cosmos” and that she is the reincarnation of Athena. The protector of peace on Earth. However, the Pope of the Sanctuary, who is in charge of all the Saints, does not take kindly to Saori. She soon gets targeted for claiming the identity of Athena.

3. Space Pirate Captain Harlock

This movie has some great CGI but suffers from a mediocre plot. I recommend that you watch this in sub because the dub doesn’t sync with their lips. Well, sub doesn’t sync well either but its less noticeable since you will be reading the subtitles.


After conquering the galaxy, mankind has reached its apex and is now on a steady decline. Humans begin to return home to Earth. Thus begins a war for control of the planet. Eventually, a government known as the Gaia Sanction prevents the re-population of Earth.

Captain Harlock was tasked by the Gaia Sanction to defend the Earth. The Gaia Sanction allows a diplomatic elite to immigrate to Earth, which angers Harlock. He decides to unleash dark matter on the planet to make it uninhabitable but also becomes engulfed in it which immortalizes him.

4. Steamboy

Steamboy is not as bad as the other movies on this list But certain things make this movie kind of annoying to watch like the main characters voice.

This movie was so close to being good. The trailer was great and made the movie look 10x times better than it was. However the main character was pretty useless throughout the entire movie. Later on it felt like the movie dragged out to make the main character seen useful.


Ray is a young wunderkind inventor living in Victorian England. His life is turned upside down when he receives a special package hailing from the United States, sent by his grandfather, Lloyd Steam. The package contains a device called a Steam Ball, a device so powerful that it can drive any machine that requires steam with a nearly limitless amount of energy.

Ray is instructed to not let the Steam Ball fall into the wrong hands. He will need to use every bit of his brilliance to dodge the countless goons that are sent to snatch the device from him. It will be a battle between good and evil, a battle for redemption, a battle for the future!


This is my favorite movie on the list. I’m not sure if this is a flop since it did manage to make enough to pay for its production. However but it took 7 years to make and still didn’t perform as well as it should. Currently, it ranked high on myanimelist.


Every five years, an exhilarating race called Redline is held, and the universe’s most anticipated competition has only one rule: that there are none. Racers are pushed to their absolute limit—a feeling that daredevil driver JP knows all too well. Having just qualified to participate in Redline, he is eager to battle against the other highly skilled drivers, particularly the beautiful rising star and the only other human that qualified, Sonoshee McLaren.

But this year’s Redline may be far more dangerous than usual—it has been announced to take place on the planet Roboworld with its trigger-happy military and criminals who look to turn the race to their advantage. However, the potential danger doesn’t stop the racers; in fact, it only adds to the thrill. Relying solely on his vehicle’s speed, JP prepares for the event to come, aiming to take first place in the biggest race of his life.

6. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

This is the one movie on the list that I couldn’t watch no matter how high i was. It has a high rating on myanimelist so there’s a chance you might like it, and its made from studio ghibli which is enough for a lot of people to like it.


Deep in the countryside, a man named Okina works as a bamboo cutter in a forest. One day, he discovers a small baby inside a glowing shoot. He immediately takes her home, convinced that she is a princess sent to Earth as a divine blessing from heaven. Okina and his wife Ouna take it upon themselves to raise the infant as their own. 

But when Okina finds a large fortune of gold and treasure in the forest, Kaguya’s life is completely changed. Believing this to be yet another gift from heaven, he takes it upon himself to turn his daughter into a real princess. As she leaves her friends behind to enter into an unwanted life of royalty, Kaguya’s origins and purpose come to light.