SR Pick [Video]: Japanese Spider-Man

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Japanese Spider Man SR Pick [Video]: Japanese Spider Man

In what may be the single greatest television show of all time, Japanese Spider-Man presents the web-slinger like never before. Produced by the Toei Company in 1978, everything from the title sequence to the bizarre full episode is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Japanese television has been the source of plenty of strange shows, but this is right up there. With respect to the hard work put into such a project, it’s difficult not to laugh.

First of all, the plot of Japanese Spider-Man needs to be dissected: rather than the traditional tale of a high school boy bitten by a spider, this show presents robots, magic bracelets, motocross and space aliens. The motocross scene in the episode is so awful it reminds me of a scene from Andy Samberg’s Hot Rod.

Most importantly, the title sequence is one of the most profoundly inexplicable displays of awesome ever conceived for entertainment. Read the awesome lyrics to the theme song for Japanese Spider-Man below:

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, wow/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, wow/ Between the dark valleys of buildings, Spiderman!/ Eyes sparkle with the flash of anger, Spiderman!/ Giving up peace, giving up everything/ Chasing evil through the skies/ Change Leopardon!/ Why do you, Why do you/ Choose to continue to fight, risking your own life?/ With only one goal/ With only one goal/ The invincible man, Spiderman!/ Spiderman!”

Words cannot describe the level of awe I have for this show. While the title sequence would be enough to make an SR Pick, we’ve got an entire episode for you to enjoy. It really does have it all and redefines everything you know about Spider-Man.

I’d love to know what Stan Lee thinks of this adaptation of Spider-Man. Maybe director Marc Webb will stumble upon it on his research for the Spider-Man reboot. It would serve as an interesting influence to say the least. I still say Andrew Garfield is a better choice than Japanese Spidey Shinji Todo.

I’m still laughing about this episode. It never gets old, especially the theme song. It’s been stuck in my head all day and I fear you won’t shake the song yourself.

What did you think of Japanese Spider-Man? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you want more info on this bizzare series, go HERE (it’s definitely worth the history lesson).

Source: West Word

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  1. There is an box set(volume 8 i think) that had a interview with Stan Lee.

    aparently he liked it.

  2. Nothing wrong with some Spidey love on the other side of the world!

  3. AHAHAH Spider String!!

  4. Why was it half Spiderman, half Power Rangers?

    The robot villain was the result of the Power Ranger’s combining their individual car things.

    What a rip-off!

    Funny though ;)

    • lol “car things”
      i remember back in the day when it was robot dinosaurs… and a dragon… and a white tiger, ah them were the days

    • Funny you should ask; the producers of the show wanted to do the original story of Peter Parker-except-in-Japan, but their company more or less forced them to add in the PR stuff. Can’t remember why…

  5. @Steve

    Unless Power Rangers came out before 1978, I think this show did it first… Not the first Japanese show to have the whole big robot fighting stuff, that kind of stuff dates back quite a bit. Apparently they love that stuff…

  6. Wow. This old show is like a cross between SpiderMan and Power Rangers. It’s nice for me to know where they got the concept of Power Rangers now lol.

    To be honest, I think the actor playing SpiderMan in this show is actually a much better choice than Andrew Garfield! lmfao. He is really an awful pick for the reboot, i don’t care how good the film will be or how big of a fan he is, he just doesn’t fit the profile of Peter Parker at all. There’s no way in hell that I will go see it in the theater now that he was picked smh.

    • “Go Go SpiderRangers!…Go Go SpiderRangers…Go Go SpiderRangers. you Mighty Web-shootin’ SpiderRangers!”

      Those who remember the MMPR theme song will recognize this…

      • LMFAO!!!! I remember!!! ROTFLMFAO

  7. I usually just browse you board, but after seeing this I have to say something, This is the best thing ever!!!

  8. I think is always been a culture for the Japanese to have giant monster fighting against giant robots no matter who is the superhero was.
    Even Spider-Man is not an exception.

  9. Change Leopardon…that’s what’s up.

  10. LMFAO!!!

    This was great.

  11. Fold up shop Fox, Sony, Warner Bros, et al. This is no doubt, hands down, no holds barred the VERY BEST that can be done with a super hero film!
    The horror…the intrigue…the sexy chick shouting orders at the “spy vs. spy” guys…I could go on and on!

    (Ummmm…I’m writing this because Proffesor Monster has a gun at my temple…IF ANY ONE OUT THERE HAS SPIDER SENSE…MY CO-ODINATES ARE..)

    BANG! (Static…)

  12. GO GO SpiderRanger Mighty Morphing SpiderRanger…..This was oddly worth watching

  13. during the first 2 minutes I thought “they really know how save a lot of money on sets and costumes by showing close-ups of peoples eyes”

  14. It is oddly hypnotic.

  15. Sorta like the “frankenstien” from “Grandma’s boy”…

  16. Oh yes, I forgot this was in the 70′s! My brain is melting methinks :(