Spider-Man Episode: 10- I Saw the Tears of the Snake Woman in the Fires of Hell
A few episodes ago, we were introduced to Professor Monster’s side projects involving human modification. One of the victims was a good friend of Spider-Man, Yosuke Matsuki, who was turned into a cyborg whose only abilities was that he can easily be brought back to life with some special equipment. If adding a metal plate to the chest of a young man was bad enough, this episode, “I Saw the Tears of the Snake Woman in the Fires of Hell,” definitely cements Monster’s place in evildom.
The story begins at night, as three young men drive up to the Kitazawa Meteor Research Center on Mt. Hakuja in the outskirts of the city. Suitably a thick fog covers the area, and the three punks have to go into the house for shelter. After calling for somebody for only a few seconds, they decide to break in by smashing the door handles, instead of a window. That’s the first sign that these guys aren’t too bright…
A beautiful young woman approaches and asks what’s the matter. She would let them in, but her father isn’t at home tonight, so she tells them to leave. The Lotharios decide to use this opportunity to do something with this chick and go in uninvited. When they approach her in the foyer, she metamorphizes into a snake monster! Boobs and all! Those idiots quickly die from shock, and her sucking their blood. The next morning, the snake woman takes their their car, bodies and all, and drives them down the mountain. Well, you gotta get rid of the bodies right?
At breakfast, Takuya is reading about the “accident” that occurred at Mt. Hakuja, and his little brother tells him he shouldn’t read while eating, as it’s bad for digestion. Tell that to many a businessman breadmaker in a nuclear family, kid. Shinko recalls how many strange things have happened on the mountain, including the deaths of those hikers. It’s definitely odd that the police haven’t investigated the Kitazawa house, despite it being the most prominent place there. Shinko then remembers something Yamashiro Sr. wrote in his journals about Hakuja regarding a strange meteorite. Mr. Yamashiro writes how they found the rock, and as soon as they put it away, it was stolen by someone unknown. Why is the Iron Cross Army is so interested in these things, especially when they tried to kill the makers of a meteorite detector? We’ll probably find out later, if possible.
Shinko takes the family car and drives to Hakuja to visit her friend Shimako, who is the Snake Woman! She quickly figures out that something is definitely odd with her friend, as she’s turned the fireplace in the middle of summer and all the windows and curtains are closed. Shimako tells her that she gets cold easily, hmm… As Shinko tries to admire her friend’s necklace, Shimako turns away and tries to not look her in the eye. Something is definitely wrong with this young woman, especially when she isn’t the same cheerful girl from last summer.
Something to note, as Shinko looks at a picture of them poolside, she’s still wearing the green two-piece from last episode! You’d think she wear something different by now, but it is a clear oversight by the crew.
That evening, the two girls play some card games and suddenly Shimako blows out some sleeping gas to knock out her friend. Shinko is quickly put to bed. Later that night, Shinko wakes up and explores the house some more, especially when the place emanates a strange feeling. She goes downstairs and the basement is a freakin’ cavern, complete with vault doors! Shinko turns and finds Shimako fainted next to a bubbling cauldron. Spider-Man’s sister is the next victim.
Takuya wakes up after a nightmare where his sister gets bitten by a snake. He decides to go check on Shinko by driving the Spider-Machine GP-7 in his alter ego. Meanwhile, Professor Monster gives her the okay to dispose of the Miss Yamashiro to Amazoness. The vile woman tells Shimako that this must look like another accident.
Just as the station wagon plummets off the cliff, Spider-Man arrives and saves it using one of his patented giant webs. No way in hell is the Iron Cross Army to going to wreck the family car! He takes Shinko out and they rush to a hospital ASAP. Amazoness watches and slaps Shimako silly, and orders her to kill Yamashiro before she regains consciousness. The Snake Woman tries to resist, but the necklace appears to be a control device.
Takuya takes Shinko to a special police hospital so the Iron Cross Army doesn’t find her. But that is short lived, as Shimako appears to the Yamashiro household to inquire about Shinko. Takuya gladly obliges and takes her to the hospital, sealing Shinko’s fate for now. Hitomi watches on, jealous of Takuya’s found affection for Shimako. Amazoness and Professor Monster laugh at this current development. At the hospital, Shinko is recovering quite well and will regain consciousness pretty soon.
Later, as Takuya and Shimako walk in the city, the girl sees a tennis couple ride by and remembers an event that happened last year. At a tennis court, Shimako has a little accident with Takuya’s return of the ball. Takuya runs over to her and Shimako is touches by the concern he had for her. In the present he asks what’s the matter and she withdraws, refusing to talk about it and runs away. It’s easy isn’t it? Now that she has been drastically altered by the Iron Cross Army, there’s no way in hell that poor girl will ever lead a normal life.
At the offices of Weekly Woman, Hitomi wants to write an expanded story about the Iron Cross Army, focusing on the picture of that strange meteorite. Editor-in-Chief Amazoness has something else in mind. I’ve always wondered if Hitomi was the only actual staff member that isn’t a Ninder, as they are usually men. But the Iron Cross may be smart enough to hire competent people to run the magazine, or is Amazoness the plant? Oh well…
Shimako returns to the hospital dressed like a nurse and kills the one on staff to find Shinko’s room. She looks up the number, and her voice changes into that of an old woman, or it could just be the actress doing a monster voice. She takes out another guard as she runs to Shinko’s room. As she lifts the blanket, it was a trap concocted by Spider-Man! The Medusa Monster transforms and they fight for a bit. Spidey leaps behind a bed and pulls out a fire extinguisher and sprays it at her, and the Snake Woman runs away as reptiles don’t like the cold. Spider-Man returns to the real room, and checks on his sister. Shinko is muttering something in her sleep, and it’s the word “Shimako.” The revenging hero figures out something is definitely up at the Kitazawa estate.
Spider-Man arrives and spies on the Ninder scientists. The Iron Cross Army has a vested interest in these space rocks in order to build a “ultra long range space gun.” Yes! They plan to harness the radioactivity of the meteorites to build some kind of gun pointed at or found in space, rather than selling the pieces in the black market. Spider-Man searches for Professor Kitazawa, but finds his long decayed corpse inside a jail cell.
While Amazoness chastises Snake Woman for her failure, the emissary from hell appears and is ready to fight them. Ninders appear standing head over hands on the cave walls, and the fight continues until Spidey is caught in ankle chains. Snake Woman hesitates to finish off Spider-Man and frees him with her flamethrowers. Amazoness is pissed, and runs away when Shimako points the flames at her. You’d have to wonder if this was safe, pointing a torch at one of the principal actors, but who cares!
Snake Woman tells Spider-Man to leave and self-immolates herself for Takuya. He watches as a dear friend sacrifices herself to protect him and Shinko As he jumps out, the space gun pops out as well, and Marveller is dispatched to destroy the giant tank. The ship basically levels the entire Kitazawa complex, removing any trace of the Iron Cross Army there. But doesn’t it mean the murders are basically a cold case, unless the police lazily chalks it up to Spider-Mayhem.
Riding his bike home, Takuya hears the ghost of the Shimako he once knew. Seeing that memory fade away, Spider-Man’s anger grows hotter and hotter. Iron Cross Army you have definitely racked up a huge body count, and man are you definitely evil for a Japanese Super Hero show.