This is truely an amazing show by Hannah Barbara from the good ol' days of 1991.
The premise is as follows: on the alien world of Mer, an evil and sentient tar-like substance known as Dark Water is threatening to envelop the entire planet, killing everyone and everything. 17 years prior to the show's start, King Primus of Octopon, the largest and most beautiful kingdom on Mer, sets out with his loyal captains to retrieve the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. These jewels are the only thing that can contain the Dark Water in Mer's center, where it originates.
After retrieving several of the Treasures, Primus is captured by the terrible Lord Bloth, a pirate intent on taking the Treasures for himself so HE can control the Dark Water. The rest of Primus' crew evade capture and scatter the Treasures around Mer so Bloth can't get them.
After 17 years of imprisonment aboard Bloth's massive ship, the Maelstrom, Primus escapes and manages to return to Octopon, left in ruins by Bloth and the ravages of the Dark Water. Our protagonist, Ren, a simple lighthouse keeper, spots Primus trying to swim ashore and dashes out to rescue him. Now an old and frail man after almost two decades imprisonment, Primus uses the last of his strength to tell Ren he is his father. He shows Ren a vision of a restored Octopon, and passes onto Prince Ren the Quest before dying and washing out to sea.
As young Prince Ren is to discover, not just Octopon, but all of Mer depends on him recovering the Thirteen Treasures of Rule.
And so begins one of the greatest epics ever put on TV. No doubt borrowing from countless sources, the story, characters,
exotic locals keep the story fresh and entertaining. The only reason the DVD pack gets one less star is for the fact the series was never finished, and for some minor transfer issues. Nothing major. Also this is a bare bones DVD. No commentaries, no behind the scenes, nothing. Just the episodes, which is good enough.