Spider-Man Episode 3- Phantom Thief 001 vs. the Spider Man
In the middle of the night, a masked thief rappels down a building. The lighting is almost non-existent, so much for the actor’s safety. He uses a diamond cutter and opens the window and enters. He finds the safe, and is soundly arrested by the cops.
En route to the police station, the detective remarks he was expecting the Phantom Thief 001 to be.. dashing, not this mopey kid they have. Suddenly a monster with flashing eyes causes the police car to crash and some Ninders appear to take 001 away.
The next day, Hitomi tells her boyfriend a monster appeared and it is somehow connected to the escape of 001. Takuya asks if anybody saw the monster, and learns that a Detective Matsumoto saw it. Hitomi is excited about this as it would mean a great scoop if she can find the connection. Takuya rides away on his motorbike for a piece of exposition by the narrator. As he stares into the setting sun, he wonders if this is the work of the Iron Cross Army.
At the Iron Cross base, the bug monster thing is continues to shoot lasers at the thief and giving the viewer seizures. It appears to be some kind of hypnotism. Amazoness orders 001 to do their bidding under Spider-Man’s name. He’s basically going to do what he usually does, except with a few more pieces of destruction. Professor Monster is convinced that the fake Spider-Man will draw out the real one so that he can be destroyed.
Thus begins the Phantom Thief Okabe’s crime spree throughout the greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area. He basically does the cat burglar thing and spray paints “Spider-Man was here” on the walls. Takuya Yamashiro reads these incidents in the newspaper and decides to get involved. His girlfriend bothers Det. Matsumoto, while Takuya is close by in his Spider-Man suit. She flirts with him and talks about he’ll be the man of the year if she can get these photos. Spider-Man is too busy trying to cling on to the walls to feel any jealousy.
Three hours later they arrive at the spot of 001’s latest escapade. Spider-Man swings across to the building, and climbs up its wall rather slowly and makes it to the crime scene. He chases after the thief, while Hitomi and Matsumoto go to the crime scene. Spidey catches up, but the monster appears and helps Okabe escape.
The next day at breakfast, Takuya is reading the news rather intensely. Shinko and Takuji remark that he’s starting to resemble their father because of the way he’s acting this morning. Hitomi comes in and moans about last night’s stakeout failure, and eats Takuya’s breakfast. In his room, Takuya figures out what the Iron Cross is really doing and figures out what area is Okabe going to hit next.
That night, he goes around the city looking for any trace of 001, and sees a young man flipping around like a skilled gymnast. That guy even avoids a car that was about to hit him. Takuya changes and goes after the thief. He tackles the thief, but before he can do anything, the Iron Cross Army attacks. Amazoness growls at the emissary from hell, as if he did something terrible to her, as usual. Spider-Man jumps around as usual and ties up some Ninders with his Spider-Net. The monster attacks and Spider-Man nearly loses his footing and retreats for now. Amazoness goes and tries to kill Okabe, but our hero arrives on time to save him.
Spider-Man calls for his car and they drive for a good part of the morning. I’m surprised nobody even cared about this weird machine. They arrive at the amusement park and Spidey gives the thief his talk on not doing evil, especially with the Iron Cross Army. Okabe starts talking about his time in the circus and how he dreamed of becoming the “world’s greatest acrobat.” He began his crime spree in order to fund his own circus.
Spider-Man tells the kid to turn himself in just as the Ninders arrive to get their butts kicked. Some even come in a roller coaster barrel. He distracts them by turning on the tea cups, among many things. The fight goes to the forest and surrounding mountains. The monster appears and begins flashing his lights once again. The rope-slinger laughs triumphantly as the rays don’t even work in sunlight. He jumps toward Spider-Man and begins to fight. With only a few minutes left he grows to monster size, calling himself Genyouchu! The Marveller stock footage plays and he is quickly dispatched. This time the footage is a little more dragged out than usual as the monster shoots his mouth out like an anchor, but an Arc Turn and Sword Vigor finishes him off like that.
The episode abruptly ends as usual, and besides once the monster grows big, you can just skip ahead to the end, nothing much is going to happen anyway.