the use of stock footage certainly didn't help my low opinion
This is really what does it for me from Destiny. I don't really mind the mech designs at all and while I'm not overly fond of the story, I can usually get past that if I see some good fights. Pretty much all the fights in Destiny were stock footage. One day, when I have free time, I'm gonna make a vid with a "Firing While Flying Around Each Other" counter and count how many times they do it in Destiny.
BUT like Blue said, to each their own. At least Destiny gave us the song PRIDE and Lunamaria Hawke!
My disconnect usually comes from G Gundam, as I absolute hate G Gundam and think it's almost downright unwatchable. Yet, people love that show. Gundam Build Fighters is everything I wanted G Gundam to be.