In another thrilling episode of helping random kids around the greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, Spider-Man contends with a boy obsessed with cockroaches who spends his days looking for his father, taken away from him by the Iron Cross Army. Well, that boy is not that obsessed like Weevil Underwood…
The boy stands on the highest point of the playground calling for his father with no success. He scurries down to some abandoned train and pulls out a basket fulled with cockroaches and pockets some of them. He heads to the supermarket where conveniently the Yamashiros are shopping today. He walks past Takuya standing by a pillar looking bored out of his mind, and then Takuji and Shinko who are looking at dried food or snacks. Suddenly, Shinko has a cockroach on her shoulder and she just starts freaking out. Never mind that all the way back in that beetle episode, she was walking around with a live bug chained to her breast. So what is it about cockroaches that make them so much more disgusting than beetles except for the fact that the latter are so much cooler?
Anyway, Takuya rushes to her aid and peels it off and finds out that it’s dead. Later, he manages to catch up with the brat and gets the slip.
Takuya returns home and finds Shinko trying to calm herself by gulping down a pot of water after what happened earlier. She tells her brother that he of all people should know that all insects except for the noble Heracles Beetle are slimy and disgusting! And suddenly, Hitomi freaks out as well, screaming outside of the house about the dead cockroaches. Takuya’s girlfriend sees another one on her shoulder and the girls freak out even more and faint like stereotypical females of old tv.
Takuya follows the kid and finds him looking at a stream all sullen and pitiful. It looks like another case for Spider-Man! In his costume he follows the boy home and learns that his mother is ailing and the father is missing after looking for some work. The boy goes out to find food and another sad scene appears as the only thing he can afford is the bread crusts that the baker has leftover from the day’s sandwiches. Right outside, some kid makes fun of Raita the Roach, and a fight starts. Raita runs away and leaves his huge bag of bread crusts.
Spider-Man catches up with the boy and tries to give him a 1000 yen bill, but Raita shrugs it off as a sign of pity. He tells the masked wallcrawler exactly what happened to his family in the past few weeks. Raita Sr. was the guarantor of a loan by his friend and put up his house and himself as collateral. The day came when that friend defaulted and the family had to downgrade to an apartment and the father was taken away to a labor camp. Wait… What the hell? A labor camp? I’m pretty sure those were outlawed, especially since most Westernized Countries don’t bother to use them, except maybe for parts of the US. Raita drops another bombshell, his father was one of the security guards at Interpol, and not one of those that get killed regularly every time the Iron Cross tries to invade the headquarters. Before the boy goes home, Spider-Man returns his bag of bread crusts.
Finally the interesting part begins, as Takuya heads undercover to the loan sharks’ office to find the boy’s father. He pretends to want a loan to get his bike fixed, and suddenly catches a glimpse of Amazoness in one of her many disguises. Takuya leaves as his loan was denied and returns back to the office as Spider-Man, looking for any clue and comes up short.
Later, Roach gets really impatient and rushes to the loan office to demand his father back. Spider-Man rushes into action when he witnesses the boy being manhandled by Amazoness and her thugs. He rushes to the office the regular way instead of crashing through the window like his American self would and they get away.
The boy is taken to a European style house with lots of columns with our hero in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, Professor Monster tells Amazoness that their plan involving some kind of poison gas must be set into motion. The Iron Cross Army obviously wants to use it as a means of killing Interpol, especially after putting it into their central air system. Elsewhere, a group of men dressed in labor camp clothing are forced to march into a cell. Raita finds his father, and their captor demands that if they wish to live, they’d better reveal the ventilation ducts at Interpol, kinda like at the dam. They put so much effort into making evil things and yet the Iron Cross can’t even read a bunch of blueprints?
As a show of demonstration, the Machine Bem Cockroach sprays his poisonous gas at the rest of the prisoners, who were led into a cell. The father refuses to spill the beans, and Raita is then led into the cell. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is taking his sweet time getting to the boy, even though it shouldn’t take this long! The gas is sprayed and the boy struggles to hold his breath, knowing that imminent death is near. The father still refuses to reveal the location of the ducts to Amazoness. What a father, especially the convention is that they are revealed at the last moment. The gas doesn’t kill the boy instantly and Spider-Man arrives on time to save the two.
Spider-Man tells the boy that he definitely keeps promises after reaching a safe place and tells father and son to run away quickly. The fight scene between the Iron Cross Killer and his foes begin, with him jumping inside the European style villa and beating up the Ninders inside. He gets gassed by the Cockroach Machine and tries to find an opening to call his unreliable robot. It’s all downhill from there.
At the end of the episode the Cockroach Boy yells to the world that he won’t play with those disgusting bugs anymore, now that dad’s back.
This was another basic episode, actually not much to see here except seeing Shinko and Hitomi freak out in hammy fashion.