This pretty much sums up my reaction to Gen 5 in general. Initial distaste which inevitably gave way to UNDYING AFFECTION. I don't know what kind of voodoo rituals go into the creation of new Pokemon, but they must be some potent shit.
I quite agree...XD I hated nearly every Gen V Pokemon to begin with (with a few exceptions) and then grew to love or be okay with most of them. That doesn't normally happen... Pokemon I dislike at first tend to keep that tag of being disliked. It's all the more amazing considering I really did NOT like the storyline of B/W/B2/W2. XD
I have no idea why so many people hate 5th gen Pokemon. A lot of them, like Galvantula, Whimsicott, Ferrothorn, Rufflet, the whole Litwick's line, Dwebble, Cofagrigus, Dewott and Samurott, Zweilous (it's Doduo WITH DRAGONS!) - became instant favorites for me.
And they hate Garbodor because "The first generation was awesome, now it's sh*t". Muks all over the world think you're high, people, and so do I.
I have my problems with a few of the 5th gen designs, but then, I could say that about any generation. I can definitely second your sentiments on Cofagrigus, though. What a badass. Other 5th gen favorites of mine include Bisharp, Reuniclus, Krookodile and Escavalier.