Spider-Man Episode 02- Mysterious World! The Man Who Follows His Fate
第2話- 怪奇の世界! 宿命に生きる男
Aired May 24, 1978
Let’s cut to the chase, considering all I can read about this tv series is on Wikipedia. Unless Igadevil or somebody can dig some cool info, I’ll still with what I’m watching right now.
While Takuya sleeps, Gaira tells him to wake up and check the weather. It’s currently very windy, something not uncommon in the Tokyo region, but Spider-Man goes and investigates. We are then treated to the stock footage of him climbing the same building from the last episode, except that it’s night. By the time, Spidey reaches the roof, the winds have basically vanished, not died down as usual.
The next morning, Shinko freaks out about a spider on the kitchen table. She quickly blames the youngest, Takuji for playing a prank on her, but he denies any involvement. Gaira must be having lots of spider-biddies around. 😉 The doorbell rings, and Takuya’s girlfriend comes to pick him up. She barges into his room and tells him that something happened last night. A passenger trained overturned, and many people were sent to the hospital.
So Takuya and Hitomi race toward the scene, while she nags and nags the whole ride, telling him to move faster, chastising him for not feeling anything over his father’s death. “Don’t you feel any regrets?” Maybe going to college and taking up “astro-archaeology?”
Police reports indicate that the train never ever turned out, and this was somehow a freak accident.
Later, Takuya visits his father’s grave and heads to the church to recall what Gaira said to him in the last episode. Here, we are given an expanded origin of Gaira and his battle of Professor Monster.
400 years ago, the Iron Cross Army destroyed Spider, a planet very similar to Earth. And even had the Power Ranger’s Command Center. Gaira was too late to stop Monster, and sees his father dying before his eyes. He chased Professor Monster all the way to Earth, landing in the middle of a battle during the Japanese Warring States Era. The Iron Cross Army began using the bodies of soldiers to supplement their Machine Bem research.
Gaira manages to find Professor Monster in the middle of the Battle of Sekigahara. They fight while soldiers fee the scene, and Gaira shows off his web swinging skills. But it was for naught, as Monster throws a bomb, sending Gaira into a bottomless pit. Marveller is then commanded to leave the planet, until the day he can get his revenge. 400 years passed while Gaira was stuck in that pit, while history moved his gears he began to wait and wait for that fateful day. For Spiderans, one year meant 20, so Gaira aged 20 years during that time. All that time he starting casting his psychic web across Japan, searching for his successor to take on the Iron Cross Army.
As fate would have it, it was Takuya who came to his aid. He leaves the young man with one mission, to defeat the Iron Cross Army, to get revenge for the countless deaths from Planet Spider and beyond, and to protect the people of the future. It’s all typical hero story and motivation. Oddly during the story, Gaira’s face is juxtaposed with Jesus’s, though both were willing to sacrifice their lives for a better good. It really does strike me funny how Gaira didn’t bother swinging out of the cave, and live among the Japanese for the past 400 years. I guess being involved in more wars and forging identification papers was too much for him.
While discussing the train accident, Hitomi tells Shinko that one of the victims saw something unusual. Takuya hears this and drags Hitomi to the hospital where most of the victims are staying. When they arrive, the police have beat them to the punch. Amazoness, dressed in civs, spies on the two from a distance.
They enter a hospital room and see one of the reporter’s interviewees dead from shock. Later, Hitmoi explains that during the train ride, the man saw some kind of floating brain shooting lasers, causing the accident. Takuya tells her that he was probably killed for seeing that monster, though Hitomi seems suspicious of this. Sensing somebody dangerous nearby, Takuya tells his girlfriend to run.
The Iron Cross Army has come to bother Hitomi, but she is surrounded by the grunts, called the Ninders. However, all they do is flip around before going in for the kill. Spider-Man appears and captures all of them in his Spider-Net. He then swings with his Spider-String into the gang. But starts crawling around, rather slowly, mesmerizing the Ninders. Hitomi watches, wonder what the hell is going on. The grunts are easily sent away, and Amazoness watches in anger that her minions didn’t even do the job. Takuya suddenly comes back, as soon as Spider-Man disappears. Gee, where was he?
Professor Monster realizes again what happened with Gaira, as Amazoness whips the Ninders into shape.
Back at home, Takuji makes fun of the fact that Takuya ran away like a chicken. Takuya meditates, and tells everybody that he doesn’t like to fight, despite being a hot-blooded motorcycle racer. The topic turns to the masked hero, and nobody knows who he is. Takuya correctly identifies him as Spider-Man, gee I wonder why? And we also learn that Hitomi forgot her camera, which is quite odd if she was working.
Takuya senses a change from Gaira, and finds his spider-body dead from exhaustion. Takuya remembers the last words his brother from another mother told him, to keep fighting and destroy the Iron Cross Army. He later goes out and climbs the same building as usual. Using his newly found psychic powers, he searches the city for the next attack of the Iron Cross Army. The narrator explains that these psychic powers allow him to see into the future, though Spider-Man practically standing on the roof.
He drives the Spider GP-7 car to where the Iron Cross Army is headed. They are going to attack the Narita Tokyo International Airport Refueling Freight Train, to steal that primo gas. So the Iron Cross is going to use that fuel to power their Machine Bems? Anyway the Brain Monster destroys the tracks, and Spider-Man leaps to stop the train before it crashes. Using his Spider-String he stops the train saving it.
The Brain Monster appears, identifying itself as Machine Bem Sotoukin and it’s time to battle. The theme song plays as usual, and he swings and climbs down a hill. The Ninders annoy him for a good few minutes, as they attempt to gang up on him. It’s a pretty interesting fight scene, though pretty drawn out, even by 70s standards, but more action packed than today’s superhero shows.
Soon he is finally attacked by the laser blasts of Soutoukin. He tackles the brain thing, and it reattaches itself to its main body… Which has some kind of green Darth Vader head and crab legs, (not claws legs!) Spider-Man trips the thing and it grows to a huge size. Spider-Man goes after the monster in his car, but experiences some difficulty destroying it, only to crash it into the ground. As usual, Marveller appears and destroys the Monster in a matter of seconds. So much for an epic giant battle.
The episode abruptly ends, with the narrator yelling that only Spider-Man can win this war, even if it is only him. Pretty interesting episode, though I wonder what the hell the Strange World had to do with this episode. Was it talking about Spider, considering Earth is weird enough already? Next episode… an impostor Spider-Man?!