Spider-Man Episode #33- “The Incredible Wild Girl who Bullies Boys”
Original Airdate: December 27, 1978
A girl that Hitomi uses for a model for one of her assignments is suddenly under attack by the Iron Cross Army. What is so special about the pendant around her neck? And can Hitomi be a better photographer than Peter Parker?
At a shrine in the outskirts of the city, Hitomi photographs a bob-haired girl at a shrine in hopes that the finished product will land her in a weekly magazine. The pictures also show a rather strange pendant around her neck. It isn’t clear yet what it is, but it appears to be something stuck in amber. Not long after Hitomi leaves with a full roll of film, the girl hears the sound of a crow and throws it at the bird. She then whacks the bird for stealing her tofu offering to the shrine’s god.
Pretty soon, Hitomi’s pictures do get accepted to a widely read magazine and this gets the attention of Amazoness. Professor Monster looks through them and notices the girl’s pendant. He recounts the time he raided Planet Spider, plundering its treasure. Shortly after landing on Earth, Monster’s spaceship holding the treasure explodes, scattering the Spider-Treasure around Japan. For these past 400 years, he has been searching for them as well. Surely some archaeologists may have found some by now? Amazoness is entrusted with the task of bothering the girl until the full cache is found.
Later, the Yamashiro family congratulates Hitomi for going mainstream, especially after Weekly Woman fell through when their editor in chief suddenly disappeared. Hitomi cries with tears of joy at seeing her work on the glossy page, remembering the hard work, sacrifice, and many cameras she broke. Takuya comes in and with his Spider-Sense, feels that something is up with the pendant on the girl. Maybe if he went on location with his girlfriend more often, he would’ve seen it already…
We cut to the girl in her daily routine, smacking children in her way with a very taut switch. Takuya meets her at the shrine, but before anything can happen, the girl senses a Ninder and hits it with a rock. Oddly, the force is so strong that it makes the grunt fall 20 feet to the ground. Spider-Man goes after the rest of the Ninders, but they get away. When he goes back to the girl, she challenges him to a fight. It consists of her throwing sticks and shooting slingshots at the tree-crawler. Spidey runs like hell, trying to avoid her ridiculously strong attacks. The girl laughs with such heartiness at his cowardly escape.
It’s almost time for the shrine offering, so the girl makes two giant rice balls to the Harvest God. Spider-Man comes back, apologizing for his skittishness. We then learn the story about how her dad went into the city for work, but the day she didn’t make an offering, he died in an accident. Her mother, overcome with grief, followed shortly after.
Back at the Iron Cross Castle, Professor Monster explains exactly what is so special about that pendant. It apparently gives Spider-Powers to those who wears it. To aid Amazoness in her task, he summons the Machine Bem Fire Fox. The next morning after having a dream about the shrine’s fox, the Fire Fox attempts to trick the girl into giving up the pendant and the location of the treasure. Spider-Man arrives on time to stop the girl from saying anything, and we are treated to a fight where the monster waves his flamethrower arm all willy-nilly. Surprisingly, none of the trees are set on fire.
After school, as the girl runs back to the shrine, Amazoness has her kidnapped in another attempt to find the treasure. Spider-Man watches close by, while Ninders try to threaten her. She tries to run away, but the Fire Fox sets everything on fire around her. You’d think there by laws against putting child actors into a ring of fire. The girl reveals that her father found it one day digging at a site, but the location of the rest of the treasure (if there was any) died with him.
Fire Fox decides to turn up the heat, but the man who befriends a wild young girl has somehow escaped from the inferno. Popping up from underground, the girl escapes, leaving our hero to begin the episode’s fight. Leopardon destroy Kitsune.. blah blah.
Professor Monster is disappointed at the results of the mission, as Amazoness never did find the treasure.
The girl gives pendant to Spider-Man, seeing that he would put some use to it. Besides, it’s not right for a young girl like her to keep skulking over parents anyway. The girl cries one last time for her parents, keeping them in her heart as she looks forward to a new day.