Additionally (I can't just watch one series at a time...) I watched the first 25 episodes of "The Twelve Kingdoms" and hesitate when I say its the best thing in anime that passed me by in a long time... I abso-freakin'-lutely love it..... I can definately see where it isn't for everone but man... if you like the 90's esque fantasy-fair type stuff this is a must see.
Oh man, The Twelve Kingdoms. I love that show. Definitely stick with it. It's divided into four main story arcs (though the fourth is so short it hardly counts) and they are not all equal...for me it kind of went like this:
Arc 1: Meh, OK at best. Seems like generic fantasy stuff. Some irritating characters.
Arc 2: Tons of background material for the universe, etc. Lot's of talking. I happen to like that sort of stuff, but it's definitely not for everyone.
Arc 3: HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AMAZING
Needless to say, Arc 3 is why I love this show. It's so good I can forgive pretty much anything up to that point...the finale might be my favorite moment in any anime ever. Unfortunately because of the slow beginning I think a lot of people give up on the show before they get there.
At 25 eps in I believe you're just starting to get to the good stuff. Have fun. This is one of those shows where I wish I could wipe my memory or something so I could experience it fresh a second time...