Does it deserve all the praise it gets?
Yep. Great cast, great animation, good balance of serious plot and comedic relief, great
Yes. I know /a/ loves shitting on it and saying that the edgefest that was the 2003 version was better but the manga and Brotherhood is my top shonen series.
Yes. Not accounting for personal preferences and taste and trying to analyze objectively, it's probably the greatest anime of all time. It's as close to a perfect series as you can get.
Any implication that Brotherhood is the best the medium has to offer is pitiful. Luckily it's not. If I actually wanted to impress someone with kino I'd show them Grave of the Fireflies or Kenshin Trust and Betrayal. Or FMA 2003.
Brotherhood threw consequences out the window. It was fun but that ending fucking ruined it
Rewatched it recently and I can say absolutely no. It's just standard shonen shit that only gets a pass due to nostalgia. Father is the blandest sack of shit and dragged the whole show down. Apparently it needed a generic big bad evil guy who wants to reshape the world because he thinks he's in a jrpg.
yes, except Ed lost a leg and the ability to use alchemy, as well as years of youth, Al was permanently crippled from multiyear atrophy, both lost their parents.
But no consequences right?
Pretty much. Characters that acted with brain, had reasonable motivations for their actions, some died (and stayed dead), some suffered, some overcame, emotional moments that hit and hit hard, didn't overstay it's welcome, etc....
Yes, yes the fuck it does deserve its praise.
Watsuki didn't hate any of the two OVAs, he just basically said that Kenshin went through a lot of crap and deserved a happy ending, and Seisouhen's ending is pretty much the opposite of what he had in mind. He never claimed to hate Seisouhen, I don't know why people started to say that.