Professor Monster’s Ultra Poison Assassination
Aired July 26, 1978
Walking along a bridge, the boy from episode 4, Ichiro, walks into town to mail a letter to Takuya. If you thought Takuji’s shorts were weird, this is criminal in comparison. Days later, Shinko is carrying the letter in her hand while Takuya messes around with a radio. When he opens the letter, the young man’s face beams with happiness. Ichiro writes how he misses his big brother, and has the strange feeling that he’s being watched. Takuya rushes to Izu on his bike.
Arriving at the bridge, the two are overjoyed to see each other. Ichiro tells the truth to Takuya about the letter, there is nobody following him at the moment and he wanted to see him anyway. So they decide to spend the day frolicking at the beach. Takuji must be plenty jealous that he didn’t go on this trip.
Meanwhile at the Iron Cross Base, Professor Monster is carrying out a horrifying experiment. Using the venom of the sea snake, he has devised a poison that is strong enough to kill spiders. He injects the red substance in a beaker of argiope spiders, instantly killing them. Rather than create a sea snake Machine Bem, he decides to put it in one of his current models. In the meantime, he commands some Ninders, dressed like Army personnel, to kidnap the boy. He was having a pleasant dream about today’s events, until he was suddenly woken up.
Takuya wakes up to the sound of his radio and Agent Mamiya tells him that the boy has been kidnapped. If he knew that, why the hell didn’t he prevent it?! Anyway, after a lengthy flashback summarizing the movie, Takuya meets Mamiya the next day. Another flashback occurs regarding how Takuya gave his blood to the boy to save his life. Interpol has stepped up its efforts to save the boy, and the Iron Cross Army is still determined to find out Spider-Man’s identity.
At some unknown warehouse, Ichiro refuses to tell Amazoness who Spider-Man is. Refusing to say anything, the Machine Bem of the episode steps out and starts freezing the poor kid to death. Meanwhile, Tokyo’s friendly neighborhood super hero attempts to sneak into the warehouse, taking out Ninders along the way. Surprisingly the Ninders, haven’t changed their outfits, remaining in their human form and striking at our hero with their machetes. Apparently, all the uniforms are at the laundromat. Spider-Man ties one guy up and swings him from a rope like a pendulum. The Japan Action Club is sure showing their money’s worth.
Spider-Man arrives to save the kid, but is sprayed by the Machine Bem at all corners. As he tries to go upstairs, he is stabbed in the leg by a spear dipped in the titular ultra poison. Upon learning the news, Professor Monster laughs like a nutjob.
Takuya is taken to the hospital and is cured of the poison, however saving Ichiro has cost him a lot of blood. And as usual, without a blood transfusion, he might die. Meanwhile, Hitomi arrives at the Yamashiro household for her boyfriend, but nobody seems to know where he is. Takuji is once again watching the latest hit song show on TV, where Pink Lady’s “Monster” is playing. Lyrics can be found here.
Pink Lady is a Japanese pop duo known for singing more metal-oriented tunes. They are better known in America for their horrible NBC variety show that basically killed the genre.
Takuya’s condition is getting worse, and Ichiro is praying for a miracle. It doesn’t work apparently, as the Doctors are at a loss for words. Juzo Mamiya appears to check on the kid and Takuya. He doesn’t say a damn thing, and realizes what must be done. They’re going to allow a little boy donate his blood! Once again, Takuya and Ichiro’s bond is strengthened, as the boy returns the favor for saving his life at least once.
Later, Takuya is healed, and he jumps up healthy with vigor. Mamiya calls our hero and tells him of the situation, that Ichiro saved Takuya this time. Juzo ends the call by telling his comrade that Ichiro is being escorted by two agents back to the orphanage. He’s once again in danger, as those two guys are quickly killed by Amazoness’s gunshots. Seriously, why hasn’t Interpol even bothered to arrest at least her?! She does look quite swank in her hiker outfit. Anyway, the Machine Bem throws the kid off the bridge but Spidey saves him from a fate that the two agents met.
The fight begins with the Ninders dressed in their outfits all clean and span. Spider-Man climbs up to the suspension bridge and does his little thing for a while until the Ninders catch up with him. They fight ontop of the bridge, and they are quickly disposed of, the choreography is relatively interesting. Soon, the grunts are at a loss, while Spidey climbs under the bridge and swings to the forest. More pursue, and more get hanged. Yadda yadda.
The Machine Bem appears, it’s a hermit crab head with clam projectiles. It’s called “Shinkaioh,” its name meaning “Sea King of the Depths,” though they don’t fight in the ocean at all. It grows to enormous size and is quickly dispatched by Leopardon after some delay. I’ve always wondered what the rest of Marveller’s control panel did, especially when all you need is some joysticks and two or three buttons, but it doesn’t matter.
The episode ends with the Narrator saying “Spider-Man wanted to disappear from the world with the young boy in hand.” What?! What is that guy implying? Anyway, as the two watch the setting sun, the bond between brothers is once again strengthened. Don’t give up Spider-Man! And why the hell can’t you adopt Ichiro, wouldn’t it be nice for Takuji to have another playmate?! It matters not, since Ichiro is officially in Witness Protection.