In the ultimate in symbolism, it could easily be said that Pocky & Rocky is social rebellion illustrated to perfection. In Natsume's cleverly disguised shooter under the mask of action-adventure, a young priestess runs off with a 'coon to fight evil with the most rapid-fire shoulder exercises you'll ever see. The challenge to traditional Japanese families in a young girl devoting her life to the priesthood is matched only by her choice in partner. As they say in Japanese basketball, "the only time a chinese-ish point guard is a good thing is when you're dating a point guard. HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!" Then the mothers fuck the sons. The additional assumption of bestiality or furry fetish only complicates things further, and so it's no wonder that it seems our two heroes are alone in their efforts to throw leaves and paper at bad guys, the leader of whom is none other than Black Mantle, who we presume is in fact a black man, since his mantle is light blue and all you see in the face is eyes and darkness. It also fits because he's way quicker than everybody else and a blacktual threat with tough moves.
You'd be hard pressed to find a bad Natsume game on the SNES, and this one is among their best work in the era, with vibrant colors, flawless but basic shooter controls in powering up either a Spread Shot or massive single Fireball, fantastically catchy tunes and about as steady a difficulty curve as you'll ever find, with things starting out pretty easy in the early going and ramping up the intensity to frustration (though never really major frustration) towards the very end. There's even a stage select code (the same one found in Shadow of the Ninja) that you can use as a makeshift save point.
I like to think this game is a cute metaphor for the younger Japanese generation's affinity for the black man (the 'coon, if you will) and the parents' fears of their cock lust tearing the fabric of their peaceful society of pedophilia apart. I give it one Drunk White Girl Dating a Known White Girl Throat Slitter.