don't worry I know how you feel. though I started it a couple years later than you. it was one of the most low-key series that even other weebs didn't care for because of the western art influence. I actually theorize it's due to superhero movies getting popular that it was accepted in anime communities. back then it was almost embarrassing to bring it up. it having an anime was outlandish for years, for so long the wikipedia page up until 2012 just had "movie and OVA" listened under the media, not even anime.