For me, it's #1 because it had the character progression and bildungsroman qualities that many other anime don't have. TTGL showed that as much as we'd like to think it- everything isn't going to be okay just because. We have to shape our futures for ourselves and not rely on others- but at the same time allow allies to assist us when we need it. It also showed how 2 two characters growing up in similar situations turn out to be completely different people- A hero, and a Byronic hero. Simon vs. Rossiu.