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Header from Gundam SEED Destiny.

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Today's Special:

It's a big community out there and there's a whole lot of opinions out there. Sometimes we all polarize and argue over the merits of a show incessantly and never come to a conclusion. Other times everyone agrees that a show sucks and you should stay far away.

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...Almost everyone anyway. You show up and watch this terrible show only to be pleasantly surprised by just how decent it is. It's the opposite of hype backlash: you were so absolutely prepared for something mindbogglingly stupid and terrible that it couldn't possibly get any lower, and it wasn't quite that bad. Sure, it might be bad, but maybe it has some kind of charm to it that you just can't quite dismiss entirely.

That's basically what happened to me with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Everyone on TAY panned it incessantly and some called it the worst of the Gundam shows. Everyone hated it and everyone really gave it a hard time.

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After I finished Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, I took on Destiny because I wasn't about to leave things half-done. No matter what people tell me, I'm in this for the long-haul. If the story continues, I want to see it, no matter how bad it is.

I'll be honest, when you put Destiny next to SEED, it is pretty bad. The characters are all over the place, character development from SEED gets ported over to Destiny with mixed results, and the overall plot takes forever to get going. That said, it still isn't the worst Gundam show (that's Gundam AGE you hillbillies). Hell, it's still pretty entertaining all around and it ended up being an infinitely better way to spend time compared to some of the other shows I was watching at the time.

It oozed a certain degree of camp, had terrible new characters, and it had some pretty bonkers plot advancements that made little sense, but it made up for it with its moments of awesome, the soundtrack, and an ending that makes me want that Gundam SEED movie so damn much.

So there's today's topic: Have you seen a show that was panned by a whole ton of people and somehow still managed to like it?

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