Hot damn, The Pirates of Dark Water is every bit as good as I remember it being from my youth! So much imagination fodder here, and I've only just re-watched the first episode. Fans of the 50 Fathoms setting for Savage Worlds, take note: I'm pretty sure this series was a big influence on it.
Some things that are awesome from the first episode of The Pirates of Dark Water:
- Giant pirate ship made of bone!
- Weird aquatic biological weapons like sea urchin sling ammo and acidic squid fired by catapult
- The world's sun seems to be...a Saturn-like planatoid
- A cast of protagonists who are refreshingly dark-skinned
- A dragon-man monk who breaths fire (might be a little too anime for you though)
- A tavern scene!
- Pirates on dragons and air skiffs
- A world populated in Mos Eisley fashion