When I was but a wee lad, my parents bought me a cartoon. They’re not terribly sophisticated in the cartoon department, so they bought me anime. I didn’t know what it was, and this was way before it was mainstream cool. This is the first clue, because it would have been around the early '90s on VHS. I remember very little about it, so unless you’re a connoisseur of both anime and lost causes, I fear I might be wasting your time.
The illustration on the front of the case was mismatched to the story, but the text on the back accurately described the story as far as I could tell, and the screen caps on the back were right, too. The story involved a princess.
The anime opened with the aforementioned princess riding around on some kind of flying skateboard shooting at something. I don’t remember the whole storyline. There’s a gap, then a huge spaceship flies through something dangerous, is festooned with evil critters and crashes into a jungle. There is some sort of army on board the spaceship, led by a women wearing almost medieval armor and wearing a cape. They had tanks. They were trying to oppress the princess’ simple folks.
There was also a herd of grub-like creatures and an acidic lake. At one point, the army from the spaceship fires on the grub-like creatures, at another, the princess is trying to stop the creatures from going into the lake.
At some point, the plucky, mustachioed sidekick stages an attack on the evil spaceship in a small yellow fighter aircraft.