Finally finished this series, after quite some time and persuasion by some quarters. While the quality of the animation looks pretty dated, but the underlying setting and story was absolutely engaging, once I got past the first 4-5 episodes, where emo Youko almost turned me off. Nevertheless, after that, it has been an awesome show and I really enjoyed it very well, mainly for the unique and interesting setting of the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, especially for the Kirin system.
That said, rather sad to see that the series was abruptly ended, and I would’ve like to see more of the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, mainly for the hanging story of Taiki who disappeared.
Also, I really, REALLY want to see Tonan no Tsubasa getting the anime treatment. Syusyou, The Queen of Kyou, was easily the most awesome and memorable character of the whole series, despite her short appearance time. Wonder if this wish of mine will be fulfilled :P.