So I was watching the newest Vinnyvania and they brought up Fullmetal Alchemist. Most seemed to love it with Vinny even calling it his favorite. Now I can only talk about the original here as I've never seen Brotherhood, but for a few reasons my dislike of that show turned into pretty much unreasonable hate.
So for any other older anime fans like me you might remember when Fullmetal Alchemist started airing on Adult Swim around 2004ish. It was hard to miss because it dominated anime fandom for years. It was inescapable and almost universally loved. Literally until Attack on Titan people would just ask, what can be the next Fullmetal Alchemist.
So being an anime far who posted on forums regularly I read all the hype and love and decided to watch it. I didn't enjoy my time. It would be like a 2 out of 5. Something I thought was bad, but would just move on. However during this time it was impossible to move on from this show and that's where me thinking it was just a bad show turned into basically hate. I was a typical poster, thinking I known everything, and couldn't understand how people just didn't see or ignored all of theses problems with it.
Anytime a forum thread popped up about anime you dislike, overrated shows or yearly reviews I would just mention how I thought it was bad then get flooded with posts saying how wrong I was, to put it nicely. Whelp as a college student with too much free time I would type up long thought out responses about why it's not good and believe it or not I would actually get some good discussion going. Then I was basically able to just forget it. Enough time passed, eventually a new Fullmetal Alchemist came around and I wasn't bombarded by it. But still even now anytime someone mentions how it's the best anime I want to scream, no it's bad here's why!
Edit: So while the intention of this thread was just for me to get my thoughts out about being an idiot in college looking to start debates on forums because “only I can be right” and how fandom and even just the overwhelming zeitgeist of something can exacerbate that. Even to the point where 15 years later I feel that way. Some people were asking why I didn’t like it to begin with so I’ll throw a post below trying to remember my reasoning for it.