Spider-Man Episode 29: “Hurry GP-7! Stop the Time!
第29話 [急げGP-7 時間よ止まれ]
Aired: November 29, 1979
The Iron Cross Army has decided to start a full-blown terrorist campaign of blowing up buildings after getting a taste of it last episode. Can Spider-Man hurry in time to stop the destruction and carnage, all while helping a young man regain confidence in himself?
Years before any Super Sentai/Power Rangers had to deal with monsters and their robots accidentally destroying buildings wholesale, not many special effects baddies had this opportunity, save for Godzilla and a few others. Today our story begins with seemingly random bombing incidents all around the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Interpol has sent Spider-Man to investigate rather than calling the US Army or SDF, which could save our young hero a lot of time.
Meanwhile, Saeko Yoshida has found a new other daytime job, after forcibly resigning from Weekly Woman due to her being Amazoness from the Iron Cross Army. Yoshida is working at Curves, or a Japanese equivalent, telling a bunch of middle aged and overweight women to keep trying and push it to the limit and such. One of her Ninder minions comes up to tell her the next ICA job.
The brains behind the Hinomoto Trading Company, Chairman Sugii, is to be targeted next, as he has refused to cooperate with the Iron Cross Army and/or he’s being a thorn on their side. She sends Machine Bem Bomb Wolf to take care of the job. That night, he climbs into an air vent from the roof of a garage, and sets the bomb to explode at 0947 hours.
The next day, Chairman Sugii gets into his car and heads to another day of work. The chauffeur’s children are standing outside the building wishing their father good luck. At the same time, Hitomi pesters Takuya to help her find the bomber’s hideout and he plays the wimp once again, worrying that the hideout is rigged (of course it is.) Shinko and Takuji go out for another day of school, and they leave with Hitomi.
9:47 draws near, and at a stop, the chauffeur’s son catches up with his father on a motorbike, carrying lunch. Sugii remarks he’s quite jealous that his employee has a loving and caring family. The time arrives, the car explodes in a fiery blaze, and at the same time a building explodes. The son rushes to his father, who was thrown out of the car, but it’s too late.
Spider-Man arrives on the scene and notices Amazoness in a sedan not far away from the crime scene. He goes after the car across miles, and follows her to the “Chateau Athletic Class” chain gym. The wallcrawler tries hard not to be detected, as it is very clear that the gym is a front. Professor Monster sits in a rather strange room, with a concrete “C,” admiring the huge cash haul his right hand woman has brought today. They talk about the trap set up for the masked hero at the gym.
Spider-Man finds himself surrounded by Ninders and carefully dispatches some of them. He eventually ends up in a different room and is now forced to fight the Bomb Wolf. The monster has the clever mind to attack Spidey while he tries to climb the walls, rather than futilely hitting the air. He chases our hero through the gym, over barbell racks and pommel-horses. The Bomb Wolf has had enough and starts shooting bullets at Spider-Man, wounding him in the chest. Our hero has no choice but to make his exit and retreat for now.
Takuya goes home writhing in pain from the gunshot wound. This scene demonstrates how much better his healing powers are compared to Peter Parker’s, who can only heal a few times better than a regular person. Takuya grunts and struggles, forcing the bullet out of his body with a plink. It only takes a few seconds of screen time and he’s all better!
The next day, Amazoness and her homies begin the next phase of this week’s plan. She invades the offices of a President Ohyama, and demands a billion yen or else she’ll blow up the entire building, just like she did to the Hiromoto Trading Company. Ohyama has no choice but to comply with her demands.
At the same time, Takuya is in bed not wondering what he should do next. Instead he feels listless and unmotivated to go after the Iron Cross Army all because they shot at him again. Hitomi is downstairs and tells her boyfriend about a new job, about the incident at Ohyama Corporation. The police, SWAT, and bomb squad are all posted around the building. He tells her he doesn’t want to go, and she leaves in a huff. Takuya goes back to his room to mope.
Instead of discussing his next move with Interpol, he decides to go to the park for a sitdown. The narrator indicates Takuya is just reminiscing about his youth and wondering about his lack of will to fight, which he did back in the Biker Gang episode. He heads to the church to pay his respects to Garia and his father. Nearby the son and the daughter of the recently deceased chauffeur are at their grave. The boy is acting all hot-headed and decides to take revenge on the Iron Cross Army. Spider-Man rushes to his side and tells him not to do such a fool-headed thing, and swears to kill the Bomb Wolf. He calls for the GP-7 and heads for the bomb site.
Ohyama has delivered the one billion yen, and the Iron Cross Army decides to blow up the building anyway. Amazoness orders the Bomb Wolf to make sure the fireworks go off no matter what. Spider-Man climbs up to the office, and after entering through the vents, disables the bomb. Downstairs, Amazoness is outraged at the failure of this plan. She tells Bomb Wolf to fire its missiles, but the GP-7’s machine guns stop them from making any other sudden moves.
The man who has come to eliminate the bomber arrives for the required fight-scene. Chasing the Ninders through an abandoned railyard, he starts knocking them one one by one, and ensnaring more in a net. The Bomb Wolf begins his giant monster assault and is quickly eliminated by Marveller’s cannons.
Takuya finally takes his girlfriend to the building, and notices the young boy and his sister enjoying lunch outside of a moving truck. They ride away into the distance.
This was a rather quintessential Spider-Man episode, a really threatening monster, the hero confronting his fears of being shot to death by bullets, Amazoness in workout clothes. They should’ve focused more on the police work, since bomb-defusing is their job, but such a thing won’t really happen until Kuuga.