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Japanese Spider-Man shows he's far weirder than American Spider-Man

Forget what you think you know of Spider-Man. Forget Toby Maguire, forget Sam Raimi, forget everything from the movies. Hell, forget Peter Parker and radioactive spiders -- this is Japanese Spider-Man we're talking about today.

Japan is a wonderful place with their own special way of doing things. Like our own great nation, they tend to take they things they like from other countries, give them their own twist and resell them to the locals. Here, we add bacon. In Japan, giant robots.

Take Spider-Man. Here in the US we have a teenager bitten by a radioactive (or genetically modified in the movies) spider. He gets the powers of a spider and becomes a crime fighter. Makes sense, at least in the comic world. In Japan, he's a motocross racer who gets a magic bracelet from a space alien that grants him powers. He also gets a giant robot to fly around in, because the powers of a spider, apparently, just aren't enough.

He also gets a sweet theme song, which is why he's Freaky Friday material. Well, that and the weird-ass opening sequence is pretty freaky. By the time the opening credits are done, you'll be humming "Japanese Spider-Man Theme" for days to come, and wondering why our Spider-Man doesn't get a giant robot. After all, it might not make sense for Spider-Man to have a giant robot, but it is awesome.

Note: We're posting this for the sweet opening theme, but if you're in the mood to watch the whole first episode, you are in luck, because we couldn't find a clip of just the opening credits that had the sweet translation of the theme song. Enjoy!

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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