Spider-Man Episode 5: “Crash Machine GP-7! An Oath Between Brothers!”
At a military base, trucks charge in and the Iron Cross Army makes their move. The Machine Bem for this episode leads the attack, aiding the Ninders while they steal all sorts of top secret weapons by disposing of all the soldiers in their way. For once it’s actually a damn cool design as it’s a robot vulture thing with guns at its fingers. Anyway, they succeed in stealing a buttload of weapons, and nobody’s going to stop him.
The next morning, Takuya and Hitomi are off on a little date somewhere in the outskirts of the city. The girlfriend jokes around how it would be nice if they got married, since it means she wouldn’t have to work anymore. Takuya tells her it’s a bad idea, as he hates it when people gives up their careers for love. It’s very forward thinking for the 70s, especially as even in the 90s it was still believed that women should become housewives when they’re married.
While riding along a turn, he notices some strange trucks that passes by him. Obviously with his Spider-Senses he knows something’s up and decides to follow them. He does the manly thing and tells his girlfriend to get the hell off so he can chase them. Some boyfriend he is… His hunch was right, as suddenly, the Ninders start shooting assault weapons at Takuya and blow up his bike! Spider-Man goes after the truck and disables it with the machine guns in the GP-7. When he catches up to it, it turns out to be a decoy. The Iron Cross Army got away!
At the evil lair, Professor Monster laughs like a nutjob because he has a lot of missiles! Clearly he will use the weapons he has to blow up all of Japan.
Hitomi arrives at the Yamashiro household and finds the siblings chastising Takuya for totaling the bike. A comedy scene happens with Minister of Yamashiro Finance Shinko making the final decision on whether or not he should get a new bike. This scene kinda makes one wish that Spider-Man was friends with Tobei Tachibana, who will definitely hook him up with a cooler motorcycle. At any rate, Takuya does get a new bike, which is the exact same model as the one he wrecked earlier.
Probably riding the thing off the lot, Takuya goes off searching for leads on the Iron Cross Army and their cache of stolen weaponry. Meanwhile, some kid peeks at their activities, and they chase him with a truck! Seriously all that power for a little kid?! Takuya hears the boy’s cry and drives toward the commotion. The kid gets run over right before he arrives.
The boy, Ichiro, is taken to the hospital, where it’s revealed he needs a blood transfusion but there aren’t enough supplies. Takuya volunteers with his “B-type” blood, and “coincidentally” it’s the same as the kid’s. Takuya hesitates for a moment, as his blood has been enhanced by the Spider blood, and wonders how it would affect the boy. Let’s face it, if Aunt May is doing fine, so will the kid.
The surgery was a success, and they stopped the bleeding. The doctor tells Takuya that they need to find the boy’s parents, and our hero calls home to get his siblings and Hitomi to find out where they are. Later they arrive and tell him that the boy’s name is Ichiro Murasaki and is an orphan. The police have been searching for as well. A few days ago, he was to be sent to an Izu orphanage, but he ran away.
Later that evening, Takuya hears Garia’s calls and finds Ichiro sitting up and looking rather healthy. Surprisingly, the Spider-blood saved Ichiro’s life rather than affecting him in a negative way. The boy tells them where the Iron Cross Army has kept their weapons, and Spider-Man goes off on his mission.
Taking his car there, the end of the episode fight scene begins! Spider-Man sneaks around the base avoiding the Ninders, still armed to the teeth. He runs and hides as well as Solid Snake, and disables a Ninder with his rope. Two others find him and they start shooting their tommy guns at him. More charge at him, this time with their usual swords. They are easily dealt with as usual.
Spidey swings from rope to rope, but is caught by the subterranean Ninders and jumps away. He hangs on the side of a building, while Ninders run by with their machine guns. Despite knowing that their foe can stick to walls, why the hell don’t they ever look up?! He beats up some more Ninders in a barn and goes outside. He is then attacked by Amazoness’s guard, and she’s still pissed off at him, like he left her at the altar or ate the last slice of pizza or something.
A detachment attempts to flee with a jeep and shoots at Spider-Man in his car with their machine guns. A truck chases after them, and somehow the GP-7 jumps over it like a shark. By now, all that machine gun noise should’ve alerted the cops, or at least the Army. Spidey destroys the jeep and the truck with his machine guns, but now he has to deal with the Machine Bem Chojinju.
A giant Chojinju shoots at the flying GP-7, causing Spider-Man to crash. Marveller is summoned, but Spidey still has his hands full with the Ninders. Eventually, Leopardon is transformed and the giant battle begins. Cue stock footage of Leopardon walking across a battlefield of explosions, and the Arc Turn/Sword Vigor combo.
After the battle, Ichiro runs to Spider-Man, sneaking out of the hospital. He quickly deduces that Takuya is the masked hero, and is happy that he will now live with the Yamashiros. Spider-Man tells him he can’t, as Ichiro must go to the orphanage in Izu and grow up to be a big strong boy, worthy of the blood bond they share.
This was a rather intense episode for tokusatsu, especially since you’ve got machine guns and kids in mortal danger! But what happened to the other weapons Professor Monster stole? Is he just going to sit on them forever? Why doesn’t he use the missiles to blow up Japan already? Who knows exactly what the Iron Cross Army is doing despite their usual terrorism?