Spider-Man Episode 20 “A Mystery Leads to Another Mystery: The Secret of My Birth”
Aired September 27, 1978
A girl is believed to have psychic powers, and the Iron Cross Army intends to use her for their own diabolical purposes. However, they’ve made one terrible mistake, and can our hero save the girl before they aim to correct it?
At night, a young girl sits looking at her mirror. The room suddenly changes color and the mirror instead of displaying her beautiful face shows images of destruction and chaos, special effects style. Amazoness and Professor Monster watch this old video on the screen and it turns out the vision was right as a huge earthquake hit ten days later. The event in question may be the Miyagi Earthquake of June 1978, where a 7.7 magnitude quake and a small tidal wave hit the city of Sendai. The Iron Cross Army has determined where the girl lives, and it is time to take her.
The next day, Takuya is trying to shoot a serious picture for his resume. Looks like he’s finally going to get a job! Hitomi tries to snap a good one, but he just keeps fidgeting around. His siblings and his girlfriend find out what he’s doing, he’s trying to apply to be a tutor to a “pretty junior high school student.” They become disgusted with him, as Takuya does a crap job of explaining why he wants this job. And so Hitomi gives him a good ass-whupping, forcing him to to go to the interview in bandages. We never do find out exactly why he chose this job among so many others, but let’s just say it’s related to his Spider-Sense considering the client is the focus of the episode.
The girl interviews Takuya and among the questions are if he like detective dramas and if he hates studying. He passes, and he tries to wonder why this interview was just too good. The parents arrive and they treat him kindly, well it could be worse… Later, Yoko tells him that Takuya was hired to find her real parents because she has a feeling that she’s adopted, as they don’t look alike and there are no baby pictures.
Suddenly, thugs and a woman that is clearly Amazoness enter the room and knock Takuya out. The girl attempts to leap out of the room, but the gun toting thugs take her away. Takuya wakes up and tries to stop the car, and when he sees he foe, he starts acting like an idiot and falls into the mud. Pursuing them as Spider-Man, he chokes the Ninder thugs and saves the girl, but Amazoness gets away. At home, Yoko demands that the truth be revealed since they were attacked in their own home. The parents insist that she is their daughter, and she runs back to her room crying. Spider-Man observes the family and also finds that the parents are also agonizing about their decision to hide the truth, especially since they’ve lived peacefully for all these years.
The next day, Hitomi, Shinko, and Takuji, arrive at the Ishihara household searching for Takuya. Apparently, he’s been let go and he’s too embarrassed to go home. Obviously, Spider-Man’s guarding the family.
A letter arrives and Yoko reads it believing it to be the only way she can find the truth about her parents. She takes a taxi and arrives at a house, where Amazoness greets her. She is led to a room where a baboon monster is waiting, and the villainess shows off her “evil face” once again. Yoko has been chosen because of her psychic powers, and with them, she can see the future of the Iron Cross Army. The girl denies it, and adamantly says she knows nothing about what the hell they’re talking about. Spider-Man arrives and after the fight with the monster, he is thrown at least 200 meters and lands on top a truck.
Spidey returns to the Ishihara household and demands the truth, especially now that Yoko has been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Amazoness in her red wig demands that the girl should try concentrating on the mirror. Professor Monster grows tired of this and tells his underling to investigate the Yoko’s life. Spider-Man learns that Yoko has been mistaken for another child and rushes to save her.
At a hillside church, Amazoness and the Baboon force a priest to explain what’s the deal with Yoko and the psychic child. A girl named Mitsuko, Yoko’s twin sister, had the power to see the future, but passed away a month ago in an accident. The priest has kept the girl in hiding to prevent the world from finding out about her. Yoko asks if he knows their parents, but even he doesn’t know. If anything they could be related to those villagers from the last episode. Amazoness rips the pictures in frustration and takes out her anger on the priest and Yoko, as she has failed to capture the psychic girl.
Blood is a bond between people and the proof of love! -Spider-Man
A man who bleeds for love suddenly appears to save the girl, and the episode’s battle scene begins. The Ninders start hacking at him with their rubber machetes and swing to fight him on swinglines. The Machine Bem charges into the fray. Meanwhile, Amazoness holds a pistol and attempts to kill Mr. Ishihara as he tries to protect his daughter. Spider-Man hears the shots and is too late, as the father gets shot in the arm. He rushes to the Ishiharas and manages to pry the gun away. The Machine Bem Primitive Man grows big and the giant monster battle begins.
Yoko runs to her adoptive parents and makes up with them, apologizing for all the grief she put them through these past few days. Spider-Man watches from afar and remembers his father and vows that he will destroy the Iron Cross Army.
Putting it so soon right after the last one may have hurt the episode a bit, but it was an interesting one as it was about a girl’s struggle to find the truth about herself. This one definitely did not need the Machine Bem since Amazoness’s fury was all that was needed to spice up this episode.