Just finished Twelve Kingdoms...
What a piece of badly animated shit. PierrotAIDS ruins everything.
Sadly, yes they do. I overlooked the animation my first time through it somehow.
The side stories were pointless, never went anywhere, and never addressed the question they were supposed to.
Partly the problem for that is that the show is unfinished. It needs what, another 45 episodes to get somewhat complete?
I think it was supposed to have around 65 episodes, but they put it on hold till more books could be made. Unfortunately the author has barely done anything with the series in the past 6 or so years. I think she put out another portion back in February though.