|Sleep, Giants of Legend!|
|Air date||April 3, 1979|
|Written by||Kimpei Yamaguchi|
|Directed by||Toyoo Ashida|
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Sleep, Giants of Legend! (巨人よ眠れ伝説の中に?) is the fifth episode of the 1979 Cyobrg 009 anime. This episode marks the final appearance of the Stone Giants.
The 00 Cyborgs head to Easter Island to investigate the mystery of the Moai statues, only to stumble upon a possible link to the Stone Giants that have been terrorizing the world.
The episode opens on a foggy night on Easter Island as an unnamed man emerges from one of the stone Moai statues and flees in terror. He does not run very far as he gets exhausted and stops to take a breath, only to hear something coming for him and a moving stone nearly flattening him. He keeps running and tries to climb up the face of a cliff, only to see something that horrifies him: A Moai statue, almost as if they are following him.
The shock causes the man to lose his grip and he lands at an angle that fatally snaps his neck on impact. The Moai that was chasing him looms over his body as the other is seen moving back to wherever it came from, with the other then heading back as well.
At Gilmore Labs, Dr. Gilmore is discussing megalithic cultures and how they may have a connection to the Stone Giants. Gilmore and the 00 Cyborgs believe that the mysteries surrounding Easter Island's Moai, including a legend about how they could magically move on their own, could lead to a clue about the stone giants. Adding to the evidence was a spectrographic analysis of a Stone Giant's arm retrieved from one of their many battles with them, its stone molecular composition matches that of the Moai statues. The 00 Cyborgs decide to head to Easter Island to investigate, with 007 briefly teasing 006 by changing his face into a Moai, scaring him. They all head out in the Dolphin II to Easter Island and explore the Rano Raraku quarry to search for clues, with the help of one of Gilmore's close friends and scientific colleagues, archeologist Professor Milton. Before Dr. Gilmore can fully introduce his old friend to the 00 Cyborgs, the island has what appears to be an earthquake. 003 sees what is causing it, the Moais are moving up and down and using their combined weight to cause an artificial seismic event.
003 then detects something coming down from the sky and tells the Professors to take cover under the Jeep. Large stone boulders rain down from the air and pelt the 00 Cyborgs, but they are unharmed and the quakes soon end when the attack fails. Once it ends, Gilmore orders the team to withdraw and head back to the Dolphin II to regroup and come up with a plan. On the ship, Gilmore speaks of a phenomenon known as the "shaking rocks" and that they had just witnessed it. 001 tells everyone it was a warning sign from whomever is doing this to stay away, as they are getting too close to the secret of the Moais by being there. Those that do not heed this warning presumably never leave the island alive, this upsets Professor Milton as he is searching for his brother Galton. GIlmore reassures Milton that his brother may still be alive. Milton says that his brother has been missing ever since he received a letter from Galton about how he discovered the secret of the Moais. Milton explains that Galton is his twin brother and they both research archeology and 30 years ago the two of them were on an expedition and somehow ended up on Easter Island. Galton become fascinated by the Moais, Milton was wary of them as if though they were sucking his soul away. Milton went back home to Norway alone while his sibling stayed on the island to study the Moais. After decades of no contact from Galton, Professor Milton received a latter from his brother about a breakthrough in researching the Moai and urged his twin sibling to come back to Easter Island to see him. When Milton arrived and visited his brother's lab on the island, he could not find him.
After Milton finishes telling his story, several Moai statues submerge near the Dolphin II's location and advance to surround the ship. 001 and 003 alert the team of the Moais advance. The Moais then try to ram the Dolphin II to tear the ship apart, but 009 quickly gets to the controls and activates the jets to rapidly surface and activate Jet Mode to escape. The Moais try to follow, but are unable to due to their weight making them unable to be airborne or reach high enough to hit the Dolphin II. 009 thinks the only way to stop them is to find the source, with 001 recommending they triangulate the location of energy waves he senses controlling the Moais. However, they must go deep into enemy territory near the central location of the waves. Once there, the Dolphin II's computer will pick up the energy readings that 001 is detecting to pinpoint its exact location. 009 is hesitant to do this plan but he is overruled by Dr. Gilmore who orders him to go ahead. The Dolphin II sharply nosedives back into the sea at full speed and charges past the Moais, who pursue the ship. 001 then suggests they do a 180 degree turn toward the Moai hoard, which 009 agrees to despite objections from everybody else. Despite the harrowing charge, the Dolphin II sustains minimal damage and passes through the hoard thanks to 009's piloting skills.
The 00 Cyborgs Edit
- Ivan Whisky (001)
- Jet Link (002)
- Francoise Arnoul (003)
- Albert Heinrich (004)
- Geronimo, Jr. (005)
- Chang Changku (006)
- Great Britain (007)
- Pyunma (008)
- Joe Shimamura (009)
- Professor Galton
- Stone Giants
- Coincidentally, this episode aired on the 9th anniversary of Kamen Rider's debut.
Video ReleasesEditThis episode was released on Disc One of the Cyborg 009 1979 Collection Blu-Ray Vol. 1 set in Japan on November 11, 2015. 
- ↑ http://shop.toei-video.co.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=15803 Toei Video
- ↑ Amazon Japan