Hey what's up? Thanks for the shout out on the links part of the page. May I suggest, however, that the link be to the first page of the article, instead of last? One of your readers went to the hidden P&R page and then had to navigate back through my site from the front page to read the article. Just a suggestion.
Yeah for Pocky and Rocky! My favorite part of the first one is how you have the evil Western monsters taking over the "good" Eastern monsters (which technically, the Genie boss could be a part of, but oh well).
One more cameo that could go on there. In additon to her being a helper in Bubble Symphony there is another KiKi KaiKai themed level in there and the boss is Rocky inpersonation Pocky (since he's technically a tanuki, not a raccon). Hell, there's even a Darius cameo in there that's pretty funny as well.
I'm bumping this old thread to mention that back in the late eighties in Norway I played a version of the arcade game that was not titled Knight Boy, however I do not remember if the title screen had the japanese characters, so I cannot say if it was simply the japanese version. What I do remember is that we all referred to the game as Kiki Kaikai and since none of us could read japanese, that name must have been written in the Latin alphabet somewhere.
Kiki Kaikai was my first exposure to the world of yokai and it's looks, sounds and general atmosphere has had a great impact on my own imagination.