Spider-Man Episode 09: The Animate Accessory is the Beetle Spy of Love
Amazoness is clearly mesmerized by this green stone Professor Monster has in his hand. It is the Blue Diamond, one of its kind, and once it’s installed in Machine Bem Kabuton, they will be able to finish off Spider-Man!How? The rhino-beetle monster will use its chest laser on Leopardon’s impregnable armor, and destroy the damned robot. Now this new Iron Cross robot is invincible, as nothing will stand in its way. Mwa ha ha!
Later, Takuji (still clad in those shorts) and his friends are off on a beetle hunt in the forest. In Japan, beetles are a very popular pet, especially the rhinoceros beetle, which appears frequently in cartoons and tv shows. Amazoness watches close by and tells the miniature Kabuton that somehow the Yamashiros are connected to Spider-Man and commands it to stalk daughter Shinko. How exactly do they know that they’re connected, we’ll find out soon, or it’s just an evil woman’s intuition. Anyway. Takuji finds the bug and takes it home with him.
At the Yamashiro household, Shinko heads out to go to the university, while Takuya fixes his bike. The youngest returns with the beetle, and his siblings take notice that it’s a pretty strange beetle, especially when it has flashing eyes. As he tries to put it back in its box, the beetle flies away to do its job.
Shinko arrives at Jonan University and talks with a fellow student. They make plans for summer vacation, as it’s coming up soon. Jonan University appears often on TV, and quite a few Kamen Riders, especially Takeshi Hongo, goes there, BTW.
Inside, Shinko tries hard not to be seen, as she is helping Professor Sumamura with one of her late father’s projects. Why Takuya isn’t here instead? Because it’s already established he’s a no good slacker. The technical diagrams are complete, and with this machine they can find meteorites fifty meters underground. The Iron Cross Army should be worried, as the machine can also detect underground bases, like theirs. It sounds funny, especially since the US Government has plenty of those. Kabuton appears and starts attacking the scientists.
While riding his bike, Takuya senses something is going on at Jonan and goes investigates, finding his sister and the scientists still being threatened by the Kabuton. The plans are burnt, but the wall crawler arrives in time to stop more deaths. Kabuton uses his laser on Spider-Man and it burns the walls rather than making a hole on them. Spidey figures out how to deflect them using the mirror in his bracelet. Everybody gets away, and Amazoness beats the beetle for his failure.
Later, Shinko leaves Takuji outside in his shorts to protect the household from the Iron Cross Army. Suspiciously he doesn’t have the baseball bat from last episode. Kabuton returns, but his burnt wing prevents him from flying any further. Shinko is acting all paranoid from the earlier incident, and gets a bit shocked at seeing the miniature Kabuton. The kid tells her that its wing is broken, and she puts some medicine on the wing. I though these things molted, shedding off injuries and such. Kabuton is at a loss for words by Shinko’s kindness, especially contrasted next to Amazoness’s cruelty.
Takuya calls his girlfriend while he’s in town, telling her that Shinko still refuses to come out, even if it’s her birthday. Hitomi plans to bring some cake and presents over, but is stopped by Editor-in-Chief Amazoness. For some strange reason, the boss is wearing a beetle tied to a chain. It’s called an “animate accessory” and it’s all the rage in Europe. Right…
Hitomi arrives with cake and flowers, ready to celebrate Shinko’s 19th birthday. Shinko asks if anybody followed her, and Takuya tells her nobody bothered. Who’s going to fit through the hobbit hole anyhow? Takuji notices Hitomi wearing the animate accessory, he gets an idea and gives Shinko his beetle to wear. And so they go out on the town, looking like a bunch of rubes. Kabuton is enjoying feeling up Shinko’s bosom, sigh.
At a boutique, Shinko sees a dress that she wants, but Takuya can’t afford it, having only fifty bucks in his wallet. It’s a pretty odd dress, what with its many psychedelic lines and such, and it doesn’t help that it looks like a burlap sack of a dress. Poor Takuya can’t treat his little sister, especially since he doesn’t have a job and hasn’t managed to win any money while racing. Hitomi tells her boyfriend to get a faux emerald necklace and he pays for it, while Shinko still looks at that dress.
Takuji looks at the beetle and notices that it’s sick. Oh dear it’s lovesick… Shinko takes the beetle out to the yard for some fresh air and so it can crawl free, but Kabuton has other plans. Later that night, Kabuton watches Shinko sleep and goes to the boutique. He burns a hole aluminum sliding, and kills the shop manager. The beetle takes the dress, mannequin and all, and takes it home. The next morning, Shinko wakes up and finds the dress in the living room, but doesn’t know who bought it for her, especially when it’s not Takuya. She has such fun with the pretty thick dress until Hitomi calls about last night’s incident.
Arriving at the scene, Takuya notices that the sliding has been blown by the Machine Bem’s laser. Takuya tries to hide his suspicions about the beetle, especially right after he asked his sister where the animate accessory is. At the Iron Cross Base, Amazoness keeps beating Kabuton for his failures to monitor the Yamashiro girl correctly. Professor Monster points to a monitor where Shinko is swimming at a hotel. Kabuton has one last chance to redeem himself, and he must find and kill Professor Sunamura’s team and Spider-Man.
At the hotel, Kabuton sneaks to Shinko’s towel and takes her necklace. He then replaces the gem with the Blue Diamond in his chest, as a proof of his love. It looks like he’s decided he will play along to Monster’s plan, and try to get himself killed for the girl. More importantly, this scene features Spider-Man’s sister in a bikini! Talk about 70s fan service. Sure we see Takuya shirtless plenty, but where’s his speedo shot?
Shinko continues her looking secretive thing inside the hotel. She goes to a room and inside Sunamura is almost ready to build the blasted machine. Suddenly Amazoness and Kabuton arrive, ready to kill everybody. Spider-Man appears, and they fight. While Amazoness is standing right there, why doesn’t he string her up? I guess taking down the Machine Bem is what matters. After a few blows, Kabuton jumps out of the window.
While Shinko and her colleagues run for the hills, Spider-Man tries to clear the way for them by beating up some Ninders. That proves to be futile, as Amazoness catches up with them with her deadly ray gun. She fires, but somehow all of the rays get absorbed into the blue diamond necklace. Shinko throws that diamond and it explodes in front of Amazoness’s face. The Iron Cross Army retreats for now, and Shinko has another mystery that she won’t get the answer to.
The giant monster battle begins, as Kabuton stars terrorizing the hotel. Marveller arrives on the scene and the two punch at each other a bit. The beetle attempts to shoot its laser, but the fake chem causes the device to short out. Spider-Man puts the poor monster out of its misery, and the episode abruptly ends.
The one Machine Bem that had a soul, and it died to protect somebody he loves. This may have been a bizarre episode, but you can’t help but feel for the beetle.