8. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden – 19
For an entire generation of otaku, the answer to “Which series is more important for anime fandom?” is Naruto. It gripped the west like no anime before (and none since), and its emphasis on character development, the challenges and goodness of teamwork, and sacrifice made it an obvious fit for us as a variety of writers took their aim at the series. Oh, the memories!