Spider-Man Episode 22- “Tears of a Dark Fate for a Father and Daughter”
第22話 [暗い運命に泣け 父と子]
Aired October 11, 1978
The day before an important operation, a blind little girl searches for her father. Can Spider-Man grant her request, even if what he finds isn’t what anybody can handle?
A desperate Professor Monster sifts through some empty bottles and collapses on the ground, indicating signs of withdrawal. You finally see the whole costume and gee, he wears Elf Shoes! Amazoness finds her boss in such a condition and we learn that he is out of fresh blood and needs it to live. This is how Monster survived those 400 years in tip-top shape, he drinks the blood of freshly killed victims. Taking those empty bottles and trying to get the deposits back to buy some blood off the black market just won’t cut it!
Machine Bem Skeleton Beast is summoned and ordered to collect blood for Professor Monster. He heads into the city and causes a bunch of car accidents. The Iron Cross Army’s hospital arrives in record time and Ninders collect the bodies from the wreck. In true horror movie fashion, the victim’s last sight is of the monster, looking horrifying in the dark.
The next day, the bodies are found completely drained of blood by the bay. Takuya arrives to find Hitomi being a nosy reporter taking images of victims by flipping open the blankets. The next few days are met with a bunch of car accidents, with the sudden arrival of an ambulance before the cops arrive. You’d think the MPD or Interpol would have found something odd with these patterns, but they seem completely random.
Takuya tries to get any leads, and he fails at getting anything from his pals at Interpol. He heads downstairs and tells his siblings to not drive out on the road, especially with all of the car accidents. They disobey his request, and suddenly as they are about to hit something, and it turns out to be a mere kitty. A car passes them, and it soon reaches where Takuya is riding. Suddenly, the car crashes and Takuya forces himself to do so as well, hoping the ambulance would take him instead. It doesn’t and takes the couple and the little girl in the car. The Iron Cross driver is a skeleton man, but not the Machine Bem. Takuya loses any trace of the victims btw.
The couple is taken inside and is drained of their blood, while the little girl is left on the ambulance. Shockingly, the couple was NOT her parents, as she addresses them both as “Mr. and Miss.” Even more sad is that the girl is blind, and she cries for being lost and alone. The skullman driver looks at the girl with some pity, as if he knows who she is, and takes her to the hospital. The Machine Bem catches on to the driver’s plan and lets the girl go anyway.
The next day, Takuya receives a message from Interpol, and heads to the Shigemori Eye Hospital. He recognizes the girl as the one from last night. The doctor tells him her story where last year she and her father got into a car accident after visiting her mother’s grave. They both managed to survive, but the girl was blinded and the father was badly injured, requiring many operations. Suddenly he disappeared, leaving the poor girl all alone, although he has sent money to the hospital from time to time. Yesterday, with the girl’s operation coming near, a nurse and her fiance decided to take the girl out on a drive for some fun. The news reports that their bodies were found completely drained of blood near Daiba Park.
As Hitomi sits at home watching this report, Takuya asks her to investigate the girl and her father. She manages to even track them down to their last known address, she asks him why the sudden interest, but Takuya shrugs her away. Isn’t it about time to throw the reporter a bone? Anyway, Takuya takes Jun outside and asks if she can find the location of where the nurse and her fiance were taken. She confirms she can, and Takuya turns into Spider-Man right in front of her, as she is blind and her senses are heightened as a matter of fact. They eventually reach the abandoned warehouse, and instead of taking her back to the hospital, he just leaves her by some empty barrels!
Meanwhile, the White Robed Beast driver is being interrogated by Amazoness and the Machine Bem. Spider-Man watches from a hole in the wall. He finally sees the face of his most hated enemy, Professor Monster, but before he can respond, the villain uses his eye laser. As Spider-Man rushes back to Jun, she’s currently wandering around instead of staying put. He is confronted by the White Robed Beast and figures out that he is the girl’s father due to the sudden burst of compassion. Looks like this guy’s humanity wasn’t removed for some reason, and he starts to remember his life as a normal person. Keiichi Otaki sold himself to the Iron Cross Army to pay for his daughter’s operation, and Jun learns about this by wandering to where the two are.
Their reunion is cut short as Amazoness holds Jun hostage and commands the White Robed Beast to kill Spider-Man. He turns on her mistress and is killed by the Skeleton Beast. He sheds a tear for his daughter as his last act. The man that needs nor offers no mercy, Spider-Man, begins the show’s requisite battle. Fighting them on the roofs and sides of this warehouse district, he gives the Ninders not an inch and of course, destroys the Machine Bem.
The episode ends with Spider-Man making a regretful choice to tell the little girl that her father isn’t dead, but rather on a long journey to earn money for his operation. He knew he couldn’t tell the truth this time because it would hurt Jun. With the tragedy of Mr. Ohtaki’s death, his rage glows white hot once again.
Once again, we are treated to another episode of Spider-Man helping some poor little kid. Why has the episode changed from investigating terrorist attacks to helping them? According to TV Tropes, it must have been a trend of late 70s super hero shows to move away from the bloody and murderous stories that were commonly told each week. All the viewer now gets is stories about how the kid’s parents are subjected to the cruel experiments of the Iron Cross Army and Spider-Man must avenge their deaths. Still pretty grim though.