Were FF7 fanboys just bitter it had "Final Fantasy" in the title and wasn't Advent Children?
Did people think Spirits Within wasn't strong enough as an original story?
Did potential moviegoers travel nine years into the future, see this picture, and couldn't help but unconsciously associate the film with a unpopular JRPG Mary Sue, a stupidly overpowered robot, and an irrelevant My-HiME character with the same Japanese voice actress as the Mary Sue?
What gives? I thought it was decent.