Paul said:Both are high profile flops, though from reading this review, I suspect Earthsea's suffered from a critical backlash due to the reputation of Ghibli/the Miyazaki name.
You're really kidding yourself saying that Advent Children is a flop. It got a 'B' rating from the most popular source of anime reviews, ANN. And a 9/10 from IGN, one of the biggest entertainment websites in the world.
It was the best selling anime DVD of 2006, selling more than double what Howl's Moving Castle (yes, Oscar-nominated, Studio Ghibli animted Howl's Moving Castle) sold. And I even saw television adverts for it on TV, something I never see for any other anime releases.
Stating Advent Children to be a flop as though it were a fact? Perhaps you ought to check the actual facts, and not the imaginary, suit-my-own-opinion, ones next time. Advent Children gets such an unfair rap among among anime fans, it really is quite perplexing.