Spider Man Episode 6: The Experimental Labs of Horror! The Vile Professor Monster
Last episode we were introduced to the fact that the Iron Cross Army is indeed a fully armed group complete with Thompson submachine guns and missiles capable of ripping Japan apart. This episode we are introduced to more of Professor Monster’s projects, more importantly, the modification of human beings. Now for those uninitiated, cyborgs were a very common thing in super hero shows made before the year 2000. Masked Rider, Kikaider, Inazuman, all of them either modified human beings or fully androids with a human shell. Spider-Man, though not robotic, can also fall into the category of a modified human, as his body was augmented by effects of the Spider-Blood. But hey, you could ask that about the Ninder grunts. Are they really a bunch of poor bastards eking out a paycheck or are they just a bunch of androids? They haven’t delved into that yet, but if they’re disposable, they may as well by robots.
Anyway, the episode begins with a bunch of men dressed in prisoner’s garb or something you might get from a mental institution being chased by Amazoness and her thugs. Three of the escaping prisoners are shot to death, but one survives and is closed in by the Iron Cross Army and the rushing waters of the sea. The young man jumps into the water and somehow escaped.
The next scene, Professor Monster is angry that the escaped prisoner, Yosuke Matsuki, will ruin his secret experiments where he modifies human beings for his own purposes. They employ the services of a big-eared bat monster that sniffs for any scent of the young man. As usual, Amazoness vows to find Matsuki and kill him.
The next morning, as Shinko sends Takuji off to school from the very small entranceway. I wonder if this was a common thing for Japanese households before the Heisei era. A young woman named Junko arrives, telling Shinko that she has some news for her brother. Taking her to the garage, everybody learns that Junko’s boyfriend?, Yosuke is alive. Takuya is surprised at the news, and goes off with Junko to meet with him. A little montage of them acting all secret follows, with Takuya wearing sunglasses, and they arrive at Junko’s apartment.
Takuya and Yosuke meet and are overjoyed at seeing each other in what appears to be a long time. Eight months, in fact, as the narrator explains young Matsuki was believed to be dead in a climbing accident then. Yosuke explains what happened that day, as he was careful in his steps up the cliff. Suddenly, the rope broke and he fell. He was declared missing, but obviously he was taken by the Iron Cross Army. He woke up, staring face to face with Professor Monster and his Girl Friday. They sabotaged his trip and threw knives at his rope to make hi fall. In those eight months, the Iron Cross Army performed all sorts of modifications on him, but all Yosuke has to show for it is an iron plate on his chest.
Takuya looks outside and finds the complex surrounded by Ninders. Yosuke explains that Robocular, a Machine Bem, has sniffed his way here. The monster has an enhanced sense of smell, 1000x better than a human’s, and they are convinced no matter where Matsuki runs, it will be sure to follow. For a name like Robocular, you’d think it has telescopic eyes instead of a super sniffer. Takuya decides to switch clothes with Yosuke in order to confound the Iron Cross Army and tells the two to go to their secret childhood base to lay low for awhile.
The Ninders chase Takuya all the way through the suburbs. Turning into Spider-Man he climbs away, and fights Ninders as needed. The ploy is useless, as Robocular smells Yosuke a mile away, and Ninders are dispatched after him. They almost kill Junko and Yosuke, but Spider-Man arrives in time to save them. Everybody gets away, and reunites at the base. Takuya learns that the secret laboratory of Professor Monster is somewhere around Cape Oniga. He quickly leaves to destroy the lab.
At Weekly Woman, Editor in Chief Amazoness tells Hitomi to look into Yosuke Matsuki, who turned up alive according to a photo that some Ninders took during the chase. Obviously, the young reporter is being used by Amazoness to flush out Matsuki.
Later, while Takuya practices his motorcycle riding, he figures what the Iron Cross Army is up to, especially when his girlfriend is here trying to snap photos of him instead of working on her other stories. As Takuya is a childhood friend of Matsuki, the bad guys will find out where their cyborg is hiding. The whole day they follow our hero, as he plays baseball terribly with his little brother. Professor Monster finds out what is happening, and declares what Takuya really is, a good for nothing slacker! Considering he doesn’t have a normal job, and doesn’t go to college, that’s pretty apt.
That night, as Junko tends to Yosuke, he stats having nightmares of his time in that cursed lab. They reignite their bond by showing each other lockets they have of each other, and Yosuke indicates that it was her that kept him sane all this time.
At the Yamashiro home, Shinko is wondering where the secret hideout is, as the two must be starving by now. Takuya acts rather callously, as he is sure they’re fine, despite not eating for a day or two. In his room, the inconsiderate bastard reveals his intentions on that show earlier, the Iron Cross Army is still tailing him.
The next day, Junko tries to go out for supplies for Yosuke and is attacked by the Iron Cross Army. They appear to her in front of a tree, standing on top of each others’ shoulder in a camouflaged position. It’s pretty wacky, but old hat for these Ninders. Amazoness appears and demands Yosuke’s whereabouts, if Junko doesn’t say it, she’ll die. Just as the villaness points a gun at the girl, Yosuke appears demanding she be left alone. It doesn’t matter, as they are both sentenced to death, but there is one condition.
Takuya awakens to action and drives toward Junko and Yosuke as Spider-Man. He swings and arrives in time to save them. While a Ninder Sniper aims at Junko, Yosuke fulfills the conditions and tries to stab our her in the back. The girl and Spidey stop him, but the sniper kills the poor guy. Thus begins the fightscene where he climbs up and jumps on them, and even smacks one in the butt. Amazoness tells the rest to retreat.
Spider-Man returns to Yosuke, and the young man’s last words are a confirmation that the masked hero and his best friend are indeed the same person. What a shame, as a cyborg ally could help a lot. Oh well.
Eyes burning with anger, the emissary from hell charges after the Iron Cross Army, attacking the base at Cape Oniga. Ninders are helpless as they try to slash at Spidey with their machetes as he clings to the ceiling. He climbs down and tells the rest to run if they want to live. Most of them do, as he picks up a machine gun and starts shooting up the lab. That’s right, instead of wrecking the place as usual, the anti-gun superhero picks up a tommy and starts filling the place full of holes.
Spidey manages to escape from the base as it explodes, but he comes face to face with a giant Robocular. Marveller is summoned, and the standard giant battle begins. Professor Monster is again incensed and vows that the Iron Cross Army is invincible and will never be defeated! Mwa ha haha ha!
The episode ends with Junko at sea with a bouquet of flowers. Takuya comes over, and they both remember the brave sacrifice of their dear friend, and vow to live life as they can. Our hero looks at the sea with his own promise that he will definitely destroy the Iron Cross Army and get revenge for his fallen brothers.