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Gatchaman Episode 66: The Devil's Fashion Show by lborgia88, saturn
Gatchaman Episode 66: The Devil's Fashion Show by lborgia88, saturn
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Somehow or other, Jun has gotten inside the palace. She enters a room, shutting the door behind her, and looks around in happy awe as she realizes she’s in the room that contains all the clothes intended for the fashion show.



 



“How fabulous,” she sighs, approaching a rack of dresses. She takes a yellow and orange gown off its hanger to admire it closely –very closely.



 



“Calidon, take me away!” she says swooningly, and puts the dress on over her clothes and preens before a set of mirrors.

Um, I think it makes your hips look big, Jun.



 


Suddenly Jun hears someone laughing, and she turns around in alarm.

It’s Calidon herself who’s come into the room, though she doesn’t look put out that Jun’s been trying on the clothes.

Jun, however, feels embarrassed and ashamed and hangs her head. “I’m so sorry,” she gasps, turning away. But Calidon looks interested in Jun and walks over to her.



 



“That’s all right,” she says, “It looks great on you. It’s perfect, I think.”

With these encouraging words, Jun turns around to face her.

“I was just here, and…” Jun’s is trying to figure out an explanation but Calidon starts adjusting the dress on Jun, saying “You’re the same lady who was on the airplane with me, isn’t that right? I was thinking then you had a very nice figure.”



 



“Wow,” says Jun, putting her hands to her face as she experiences the dream of, I am sure, many a teenage girl –being discovered by a top fashion designer and told that she should be a model.

“I was looking for a model who could pull off wearing this dress,” continues Calidon (who is probably having trouble there, as this dress seems to makes any wearer’s hips look wider), “Could you? I would love for you to try modeling, at least for the show tomorrow. I’m sure Princess Flake would be quite thrilled to have you as well.”

Jun is overjoyed and spins around excitedly, saying it’s like a dream.

Calidon explains that she is staying at the palace that night to get ready for the show, and she says that Jun should stay too as her guest.

Next we see Jun, she’s still with Calidon and they’re seated in another room with Princess Flake’s ladies-in-waiting, as guards patrol outside.

The senior lady-in-waiting is telling Calidon how much Princess Flake is looking forward to the fashion show and that she hopes Calidon gets a good night’s sleep. As the lady-in-waiting leaves the room, Jun stands up.

Next we see Jun, she’s walking through a dark corridor in the palace.



 



She approaches a large, ornate door, clearly trying not to be seen or heard, opens it and peers inside.

Now we see the star-filled night sky. Princess Flake is standing on a balcony alone, saying to herself “The gala fashion show is tomorrow, and I hope everything goes well. I wonder where the Science Ninja Team are?”

“Please, rest assured, Princess,” says Jun’s voice from inside the room behind Princess Flake, causing her to turn around quickly and demand “Who’s there?”

“I’m Science Ninja Team, G-3, Jun the Swan,” says Jun, although we can’t see her (she might be concealed within the very large chandelier).

“Ah, I knew you would be here,” says Princess Flake, looking happy (though I can’t help but wonder if she’d be happier if G-1 or G-2 had snuck into the palace to visit her instead –I know I would be), “Where are you?”



 


The chandelier now swings back and forth slightly on its chain, though Jun isn’t visible. Then she stands and can be seen within the chandelier, in birdstyle now, and her shadow is cast across the ceiling.



 


She assures Princess Flake that the Science Ninja Team is at her service, whenever she calls, and then she soars from the chandelier out the window, and nimbly leaps over various bits of palace rooftop and disappears into the distance.

In her wake, all is quiet and peaceful within the palace grounds.

But not for too long. The ground shakes and a statue breaks and topples over, a big chunk of it falling into a gaping crack in the ground.

A large, whirling drill bit emerges now from this gaping chasm and it’s quickly apparent that it’s attached to a mecha that’s just infiltrated the palace grounds.



  

A door opens in the top of this mecha, and as the music takes a dramatic and sinister turn, Berg Katse rises from within. He laughs evilly, staring at the palace.

A large hatch opens now in another part of the mecha, and reveals a squadron of Devil Stars! And now we know who the black-clad female intruders that attacked Ken and Joe were.

Inside the palace, Calidon gasps in alarm and several frightened models all huddle together in fear as gun-wielding Devil Stars suddenly come in through a window.

And Katse is there too. “Make any noise and you’re dead,” he informs Calidon and the models, “We won’t hurt you as long as you listen to us. Now give me your pretty outfits!”

Yes, Katse appreciates fashion even if Ken and Joe don’t!



 



Meanwhile, Jun is back in her civvies again and back inside the palace, walking down a corridor –clearly neither she nor any of the palace guards are yet aware of the mecha’s covert, subterranean arrival.

“What do you think, does it make me look fat?” asks a Devil Star now sporting a red gown. “No, it’s perfect,” says another, also dressed in Calidon style, while another says she’d expect nothing less from Calidon. So, it’s apparent that all the Devil Stars have swapped places with the models (who are presumably tied up in the room’s closets or otherwise out of sight somewhere).


 


Now we see Calidon is there with them –but she’s speaking with Katse’s voice. Ooh, he’s master of disguises, all right. Katse’s giving the Devil Stars their orders. I guess Calidon is tied up in a closet too.

“Approach Princess Flake during the runway show and take her out!”

“But Lord Katse-” says one Devil Star.

“You moron!” barks Katse, “I’m Calidon! Don’t make that mistake again!”

So now this Devil Star, one of Galactor’s elite assassins, admits she’s nervous about modeling and is afraid she’ll make a mistake.

“Pull yourself together,” says Katse sternly, “We all have our roles to play, and we must!”

The door to the room opens. Katse gasps in alarm.



 



As well he should –it’s the Swan. Except he has no idea who she is.



 


“Good heavens, who are you?” gasps “Calidon,” imitating her voice well.

The “models” all stand up and adopt fighting stances.



 



But Jun is confused, pointing out that Calidon has asked her to be a model.

“Oh yes, of course, that’s right,” says “Calidon” smoothly, “So sorry.” And she laughs a somewhat sinister laugh.

Jun is clearly wondering if something’s not quite right here.


 


But “Calidon” walks up to her, putting a hand on her shoulder, and tells her she’s counting on her for the show tomorrow and that she needs her to do her best.

“Right!” says Jun. Maybe she’s decided “Calidon’s” strange memory lapse is just due to stress or a drug habit or something.

So now it’s the day of the fashion show, and eager crowds, elegantly dressed, are gathered within the palace grounds, surrounded by fountains and music.



 



“Ladies and Gentlemen,” announces a dignified looking man, “Welcome to the opening of the Monalince Kingdom’s anniversary fashion show.”

At that cue, the orchestra strikes up a classical tune and the same man now introduces Princess Flake. She does a turn to display her dress, and then smiles graciously at her happy subjects who all applaud.



 

 



Princess Flake now leaves the stage, walking down towards the audience, while the announcer says “Next we present the new collection from the world famous designer Calidon. Watch as these beautiful models dance from one costume to the next!”

A curtain goes up now, and anyone who is very tired of seeing Jun forced to wear nothing but her civvies or her birdstyle all the time is about to get a treat.

Jun walks onto the stage, modeling an elegant white gown as Princess Flake looks on approvingly.



 



Jun finishes doing her turns, and walks back behind the curtain. Next she appears, she’s wearing the latest in equestrian/safari fashion, and tapping a riding crop against her palm



 



The audience looks on admiringly. I’m assuming that Jun isn’t the only model in the show –just the only one that’s we’re being shown. Her last appearance has her in a blue dress.



 



Yes, the fountain’s spray is creating a rainbow, the crowds are happy and the music continues to play serenely. Of course this can’t last.



Now “Calidon” herself comes out on the stage, asking the audience to enjoy her “new and unique collection, specially designed for our new goddess of peace, Princess Flake,” as Princess Flake looks on smiling graciously, having no idea what’s really going on.

Now, from several directions, models leap onto the stage and stand in a row, and they’re all wearing outfits that feature red and green pants and medieval-style armored tunics.

I don’t think that’s a fashion that’s going to catch on.

“Calidon” now snaps her fingers and the “models” all leap into the air. Quite how they manage it, I’ve no idea, but when they land, they’re all in their Devil Star uniforms, complete with wigs and masks.

“Galactor!” thinks Princess Flake, looking on in horror.

“Calidon,” breaks into a peal of evil laughter and exhibits an equally sudden fashion change –with a sweep of his arm from behind, there’s a flash of red cloak and then Berg Katse himself is standing before the audience.

Now he really laughs evilly and the audience, who might not have recognized who the Devil Stars are, sure recognize Berg Katse.

 


Katse yells at everyone to be silent as horrified sounds of fear and alarm spread through the audience, “Or it will cost Princess Flake her very life!”

Somehow I think he plans to kill her regardless, but the audience is stunned into frightened silence.

Sitting in her chair, Princess Flake is now surrounded by Devil Stars, poised to attack her.

She stares at Berg Katse, who is standing in a dramatic villain stance, but then she ruins his whole effect by standing up and breaking into laughter.


 



“What?” says Katse –not getting quite the result he expected.

“Berg Katse, Galactor’s “Devil’s Fashion Show” is brilliant. Now allow me to show you the latest fashions in crime fighting!”

Katse stares at her. “What did you say?” he demands, sounding a bit flustered.

“Everyone will be talking about… Birdstyle!" cries Princess Flake now, pointing up into the air with one hand.

Now we see that high in the air, the five Ninjas are circling the top of a tall palace tower. As Katse turns to look where Princess Flake is pointing, he gives an angry cry and then the Ninjas dive towards him.



 



Jinpei is the first to encounter a Devil Star, and he takes her out quickly.



 


Princess Flake is no longer surrounded by Devil Stars, but she’s frightened and uncertain where to go. Jun lands right beside her and tells her to go take cover, standing watch to make sure no one pursues the Princess.



 



“Justice and peace never go out of style!” declares Ken, on the ground now and flanked by Joe and Ryu, “So long as the Science Ninja Team exists, ‘bird fashion’ will be all the rage!”



 



“How dare you interfere with us again?” snarls Katse, and yells “Get them!” to all the Devil Stars standing around him.

A Devil Star holding a short knife in one hand charges at Ken, and he knees her in the stomach.



 



Another one lunges at Joe while a Devil Star tries to attack him from behind but Joe throws the first one aside and turns to punch out the other one.


(Hey, be careful Joe –she could be a fiancé of some other childhood friend of yours!)
 



Another Devil Star attacks Ryu but he grabs her and flings her aside.

She manages to land on her feet and now she’s the first to decide that the ring bombs are their best chance against the Ninjas. She fires off several of them at Ken. He just manages to avoid their explosions by leaping high into the air and grabbing on to a balustrade. Down below, Jinpei is cowering behind the badly-damaged remains of Princess Flake’s chair. More ring bombs now target Joe and Ryu, putting them on the defensive too as they dodge explosions.

An explosion causes the section of balustrade to which Ken is clinging to crumble and with a cry of alarm, he plummets, surrounded by rubble. But as he falls, he calls out “Bird Roller technique!”

And next we see Ken, he’s wearing roller skates (I wonder how they managed to get their birdstyles to incorporate a roller skate option –that’s probably one of those things we’re not supposed to think about too much) and he's skating hand-in-hand with Jinpei and telling everyone to get ready to do their ‘bird whip.”

Behind them, Joe and Jun are also skating hand-in-hand. Ryu is by himself, but he’s skating well and declares his practice has paid off (I guess Joe managed to be a good teacher too).

The Devil Stars are completely confounded to see all the Ninjas approaching them on roller skates –can’t say I blame them!



 



“Don’t be intimidated! Use your ring bombs!” yells Katse, and the Devil Stars now do just that. But, using their “bird whip” technique, the Ninjas are able to dodge the explosions.

Jinpei zooms towards a Devil Star and knocks her down, and when she manages to get up, he just zooms back and knocks her down again.

Up on the balcony, a Devil Star fires ring bombs and Ken and Ryu, who are skating together but Ryu “whips” Ken right up into air towards the balcony where he punches her in the face and sends her falling to the ground below.

Elsewhere, Joe and Jun are skating together, weaving such that the Devil Star they’re heading towards hesitates in firing her ring bombs, and then they knock her over.




 



And while she’s lying there –Ryu runs her over, leaving wheel tracks on her face! Laugh2

 

 



Now Ken is skating along the balcony’s railing and he knocks down another Devil Star, leaps towards the ground and clobbers another one.

“Come on,” yells Katse, “You girls can do better than this!”

Now Ken is calling “Bird Windmill! Come on, everybody!” and all the Ninjas assemble again and join hands. Ryu is the anchor at the center and the rest form a rapidly spinning “arm.”



 

 



This creates intense wind, similar to the “Tornado Fighter” technique, and causes Devil Stars to go flying and tumbling across the ground and crashing into pillars.



 



A very angry Katse is now yelling that they’ve no choice but to retreat. “Call for the mole tank!” he cries.



 



So, a big crack appears in the ground and the mole tank reappears.


Katse wastes no time whatsoever in leaping aboard it, abandoning the Devil Stars to their fates, and quickly the mole tank disappears back underground.



 



Now, all is calm and the Ninjas are staring at the hole where the mole tank disappeared. “As usual, he’s got a flawless escape plan,” mutters Ryu.

“And, of course, we can’t chase him underground either,” complains Jinpei.

Ken is silent, staring at the ground where Katse escaped and looking grim and angry.

But, suddenly it’s party time again in the Monalince Kingdom now that pesky matters like the assassination of the country’s ruler have been dealt with. The parade is happening, more girls are dancing, and Calidon’s fashions are being displayed by the genuine models (who I will assume, were rescued from the closets and untied). No sign of Calidon herself though –I hope she’s not still in a closet.



 



You’d think that maybe Jun would be up there too, modeling, but she’s standing in the crowds with Ken.

“I have to admit, Jun,” says Ken, “the Monalince Kingdom is a country of great fashion.” (For Jun’s sake, I hope it’s not the dancing girls’ scanty outfits that he’s admiring).


“It’s such a drag,” replies Jun, “to wear the same outfit all the time like I do, you know?” ( I wonder if Ken was able to see any of Jun’s modeling work in the palace fashion show –he might have liked seeing her in different outfits too).



 


But now Jinpei is all excited to see a parade float coming by that features the roller skating “Monalince Toppers.”



 



“Great, Jinpei will be even crazier about roller games now,” says Joe, frowning. Joe’s standing with Ryu –maybe those two managed to bond a bit during Ryu’s roller skating lessons.



 



“Jeesh, I’m so through with that,” shudders Ryu, “Boy…”

Okay, maybe not.

And the parade and the anniversary celebrations continue.

This is one of those episodes that never got used in Battle of the Planets, though I think it would have made a good one, especially as, at least where I lived, roller skating was really popular in the late 70s (though I was really bad at it). The big fight scene at the end could have been edited a bit to remove the punching and kicking while retaining the “Bird Windmill,” the overall plot wouldn’t have needed much modification.

The End.

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