Gatchaman has to put a stop to Galactor’s giant Walrus mech Ice-Kander and its cruise ship-stealing ways.
On a cruise ship, an older man in a wheelchair smokes a pipe and watches everyone on board have fun playing tennis and ring toss, sunbathing, etc. He notices a sad little girl slumped in the corner and befriends her. Her father died three days ago in a traffic accident, and she’s en route to join her mother.
Ominous clouds fill the sky, and a giant Walrus-looking mech emerges from the ocean and freezes the ship with its ice breath.
Searching or Missing Ships
Elsewhere, Nambu assembles the Science Ninja Team in the God Phoenix. They are to investigate the disappearance of nuclear-powered ships in the South Pacific. Nambu shows them video footage of a couple of large icebergs. Ken notices that these icebergs aren’t ordinary because they’re opposing, not following, the Arctic tides.
Ken orders the God Phoenix to head in the direction these icebergs were going.
At Galactor’s Arctic base, the narrator informs us that Galactor took the nuclear reactor out of the cruiseship we saw earlier and that its passengers have been sent to a human conversion laboratory to be transformed into Galactor’s minions.
We see all the passengers in a cramped elevator, including the little girl and old man, whose English dub voice reminds me a bit of Jimmy Stewart.
The elevator doors open and the Galactor guards start filing everyone out. They smack the little girl for being slow, angering the old man: “How could you ever hit an innocent child like that?” Another Galactor guard kicks the old man’s wheelchair, and he rolls into the wall and falls out of his chair.
The Science Ninja Team Arrives
Outside, the God Phoenix arrives, but the Science Ninja Team can’t find the iceberg they’re looking for. Ken spots a…something? I’m not sure what it is, but it’s enough to convince him that they’ve found the Galactor base.
Jun and Ken head inside and dispatch a few guards, then get in an automatic car that takes them deeper into the base.
In an operating room, several Galactor minions work on turning the little girl into one of them (which apparently requires a lot of drills). The old man shows up and begs the minions to spare her, but his pleas fall on deaf ears.
Saving the Girl
Fortunately, Ken and Jun arrive and rescue the girl. The lead surgeon takes off his scrubs to reveal he’s Berg Katse! Katse drops a time bomb before escaping with his men, sealing Ken, Jun, the girl, and old man in the room.
The old man quickly grabs the bomb and uses himself as a human shield. The explosion kills him but opens a way out of the room. “Oh, mister. Why did you have to die? You just became my friend and were so nice to me,” says the little girl, picking up the only remnant of the old man – his pipe.
While Jun prepares an explosive to take out the base, Ken finds the passengers/crew of the cruise ship and leaves the girl with them, telling them to board their ship and escape before the base is destroyed.
The Ice-Kander shows up and picks a fight with the God Phoenix, freezing it with its ice breath. Ken activates the Firebird, and the flames of the God Phoenix make quick work of Ice-Kander.
Later, Ken and Jun see the girl and cruise ship captain off. They seem to wave at each other and bid farewells for a very long time.
Here’s another average episode, but I liked it less than the previous episode. It’s just a typical “sneak into Galactor’s base and destroy” it plot. The addition of the old man and little girl didn’t really add enough to make this episode stand out.
Galactor’s minions are converted people? I wonder if this will be brought up again. Probably not.