Let's get this second installment of "Manual Stimulation" off to a colorful start by looking at the front and back covers of this crazy shmup (which was renamed Air Zonk when it was released in North America in 1992):
Sadly, there isn't much to see on the manual's first two pages--well, other than the info someone scribbled in the lower-right corner of the second page. I wonder what it says?
On the next two pages, though, we're formally introduced to the game's protagonist. Random aside: I especially like that little "Haw" illustration in the lower-right corner of the first page. (You can click on any of these scans to take a closer look at them, by the way.)
On the next two pages, we're introduced to PC Denjin's many power-ups. Note: my favorite has always been the one that provides ol' "Genhead" (is that supposed to be a reference to another great PC Engine shoot 'em up, Gunhed?) with a fistful of missles.
I know it's been a while since I've played this game, but I honestly don't remember ever seeing a helicopter come out of PC Denjin's head...
And here, as I'm sure all of you who understand English can see, is where we shake hands (well, kind of) with all of PC Denjin's friends. They fight alongside the punk-ish protagonist at various points in the game, in case you've never played it. Anyway, my personal favorite "friend" is the cow, although I quite like the dog and the baseball, too.
Yep, PC Denjin has enemies, too. Who would've thunk? Also, please note the baddie who looks more than a bit like "Pizza the Hut" (from Spaceballs).
Well, shoot. The folks who produced this manual included five tips, or five somethings, that I can't understand. Drat! Even worse: They followed it up with a cartoon/comic that I also can't understand.
I may not be able to understand what's going on in this cartoon/comic, but at least the clay (or are they plastic?) renditions of PC Denjin and his best buds look cool.
Did you know that PC Denjin's ending credits allow gamers to sing along, karaoke-style, with the game's theme song? Well, you do now! (Er, at least I think that's the case. Like I said, it's been a long time since I've played through this one.) Anyway, if you can understand Japanese, you can practice the song before you arrive at that magical moment thanks to the lyrics that are shared on the manual's second-to-last page.
There are two things worth noting on the manual's last page (above), by the way. First, yes, the previous owner was evil and cut out the lower-right corner. I'm guessing there was some sort of symbol on the reverse side that could be sent in to the folks at Hudson for a prize.
Second, the little PC Genjin in the corner seems to be saying something about the in-the-works-at-the-time-but-eventually-canned RPC Genjin--a turn-based RPG that was going to be set in the PC Genjin world. Way to stomp on a man's heart, Hudson!
See also: 'Manual Stimulation: Barunba (PC Engine)'