you have to open your mind then :) I know the feeling; with so many things, when everyone likes it, it has to be like too dumb or something, right?
Give it a chance though, at least so you will not be laughed at because you still haven't watched it ;) I mean... It's like, when someone likes mafia movies but hasn't seen Godfather... Akira is a must-see. Just like the original Ghost in the shell. It will live up to your expectations, if you open your mind for it.