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Screening on Saturday 8th August 2020

The JAFWA screenings continue in August. Though we should probably take a a moment to recall that this week marks the 75th anniversary of the two times that nuclear weapons were used in warfare – may it never happen again.
To cheer ourselves up, let us watch a weird and wacky preview from Japan, which makes me wish that the “Steel Ball Run” chapter of “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” would be animated. And we start our new regular series “Somali and the Forest Guardian”, that was delayed from last month.

Appare-Ranman Somali and the Forest Spirit

As a side note, quite a few people seem to think 2020 is not a very good year. Be aware that we are approaching the new calendar season, and a few Japanese calendars have been pre-listed already, such as here and here. Do you want to be cheered up by 2021?

We continue taking precautions to limit the possible second wave of Corona, and we ask that you co-operate and even help where possible with our efforts to keep you safe – some social distancing, extra cleaning with antiseptic, library under limited access, etc. Also, we must ask that anyone unfortunate enough to be infected to not attend JAFWA until they are contagion free.
Help would be welcome during set-up and pack-up due to the extra duties imposed by COVID-19. Set Up begins ~4:45pm, while the Screening should begin at 5:15pm, or later should the set-up not yet be complete. Please arrive early to confirm personal details due to COVID 19 regulations. And we need to wipe the chairs down before they are stacked away.

Below is the expected program for the evening of Saturday August 8th, 2020.

All items in the original Japanese language with English subtitles. With assistance from a grant from and

5:15pm Fruits Basket season 2 (2020) Ep 4/?
5:40pm Appare-Ranman! Ep 1 (preview) TBA
6:05pm Dr Stone Ep 15/24
6:30pm dinner break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Somali and the Forest Spirit Ep 1/12
7:55pm Isekai Quartet season 2 Ep 3/12
8:10pm Fire Force Ep 13/24
8:35pm Isekai Quartet season 2 Ep 4/12
8:45pm Demon Slayer Ep 14/26 (v)
9:10pm Late Break
9:20pm Darwin’s Game Ep 5/?
9:45pm Legend of Mahjong: Akagi Ep 5/26 (v) (retro)
10:10pm Vinland Saga Ep 4/26 (v)

Doors Open before Screening:~5:00 PM

Program Finishes:~10:45 PM

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Dates of Interest

Barring a resurgence of COVID-19 pestilence, these events are scheduled to happen:

  • Saturday August 29th 2020, 1PM-4:30PM — JAFWA’s next make your own fun afternoon.
  • Saturday September 5th 2020 — JAFWA doing a Bunnings BBQ down at Cannington Bunnings. Come along and mention “JAFWA” to get a cheery welcome.
  • weekend September 12th and 13th 2020 — South West Festival of Japan Bunbury.
  • Rescheduled September 26th to 27th 2020 — SupaNova 2020 – Perth Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre – 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia 6000.
  • November 2020 — Perth-based Artist’s Alley plans to return

Synopsis

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Fruits Basket (2020 season 2)

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out into a tent. Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn’t long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own–when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

This evening’s Episode:I Got Dumped…

During a hospital visit, Hatsuharu (the Ox) gets dumped by Isuzu “Rin” Sohma. Shocked, he becomes moody until eventually snapping and “Dark Haru” trashes the classroom. At Momiji’s (the Rabbit) plea for help, Yuki (the Rat), Kyo (the Cat) and Tohru rush to the scene. Can Hatsu calm down? Will Yuki get up the nerve to visit the main Sohma household? Will Tohru find out what is going on?

preview item – Appare-Ranman! (aka “Appare in Full Bloom!”)

After a certain mishap, the brilliant but socially inept engineer Appare Sorano and the shrewd but cowardly samurai Kosame Isshiki find themselves drifting on a boat from Japan to America. Broke, the two decide to compete in the Trans-America Wild Race to win the prize and return to Japan. The two battle crazy rivals, outlaws, and the great outdoors itself as they race through the wild West from the starting line in Los Angeles to the finish line in New York — in the steam-powered car they built.

Tonight’s Episode:Sunny (Appare), with Occasional Showers (Kosame)

A colorful cast of racers sets off on the Trans-America Wild Race, a competition to be the first to drive their car from Los Angeles to New York to win a large cash prize. The show flashes back to one year earlier, where a samurai named Kosame Isshiki is tasked by Lord Kuroda to oversee Appare Sorano, an eccentric inventor whose latest contraption damaged the Lord’s garden. In anger, Kuroda threw Appare in a jail cell with violent criminals, but Appare breaks out and quietly heads back to his room on his family’s land.

Dr Stone

Typical student Taiju Oki tells his science-loving friend Senku Ishigami that he will confess his feelings to their classmate Yuzuriha Ogawa. He prepares to make his confession to Yuzuriha under a camphor tree on the school grounds, but his attempt is interrupted when a bright light appears in the sky. Taiju pushes Yuzuriha to the tree to protect her as the light petrifies them along with the entire human population. After 3700 years spent trapped in stone, Senku and Taiju are somehow revived from their petrified state six months apart in what they now call the Stone World.

This evening’s Episode:The Culmination of Two Million Years

As a result of Chrome passing out before the final match, Senku is declared as Ruri’s husband. But all he wants is the alcohol prize, with which he can create the salfa drugs to cure Ruri’s pneumonia. But Ruri has a surprise, for Ruri reveals that she knew of Senku beforehand.

Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somari to Mori no Kamisama)

The world is ruled by spirits, goblins, and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair, one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together and of the bond between father and daughter.

This evening’s Episode:Journeying Parent and Child

Golem, an ancient wandering forest protector, finds a young human girl named Somali bounded in chains while making his rounds through the woods. He takes her under his care and allows himself to be called her father. The pair travel from city to city, learning the history of their civilization. They find out a war between monsters and humanity caused the near extinction of the human race, while some of the survivors ended up as either slaves or food.

Fire Force (En’en no Shouboutai, literally “Blazing Firefighting Corps”)

In the year 198 of the Age of the Sun, Tokyo is a crowded cosmopolis. But the world’s most populous city is threatened by devils that cause people to burst into flame at random. The only ones who can stop it are the Pyrofighters, a team of specialized firefighters. The young Shinra, blessed with the ability to ignite his feet and travel at the speed of a rocket, wants nothing more than to be a hero, and knows that this is the place for him. But he’s not the best at following orders.

Tonight’s Episode:The Trap Is Set

Konro concludes his story of how he suffered tephrosis, and tells that after destroying the powerful Infernal, Soichiro Hague Captain of Company 4 offered Konro and Benimaru the opportunity to form their own Company, number 7. Back in the present, Konro and the others emerge to find the Asakusa townspeople people involved in arguments caused by multiple cases of mistaken identity. It is revealed that Yona, a Knight of the Ashen Flame, is using his powers to alter the appearance of Evangelist followers to cause chaos in Asakusa.

Isekai Quartet season 2

One day, a magic button suddenly appears. The protagonists in KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil all press the button and move to a parallel world — another brand new isekai — where a new story featuring high school life begins. Now new characters arrive

Tonight’s Episode:Uh-Oh! Detention!” and “Pinch! Test of Learning

Kazuma, Aqua, and the three members of Tanya’s unit involved in the heist undergo a hellish detention with demonic bugs entering their bodies. Emilia asks if there is a way to end their detention faster, and hears that they might be able to get out if they perform a “good deed.”
Once the destruction abates, Class 2 will have an SAT-style test, so everybody has study sessions. During the test, Ainz is nervous because he was a slacker in school, so he tries to cheat by freezing time so he can copy answers. He is shocked when Aqua, Tanya, and Subaru are still able to move in frozen time.

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family, making money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident. Nezuko has now become a demon, but still surprisingly shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and to prevent the same tragedy that happened to him and his sister, from happening to others.

Tonight’s Episode:The House with the Wisteria Family Crest

Inosuke is threatening Nezuko’s box, so Tanjiro punches Inosuke so hard he cracks his ribs, sending him sprawling. A significant fight erupts, but after they cool down, and bury the bodies, A Kasugai crow appears and tells the group to descend from the mountain and follow him. The three are led to a manor with a wisteria crest and the crow tells them they’re to rest inside until their wounds are recovered.

Darwin’s Game (Daawinzu Geemu)

17-year old Kaname Sudou accepts an online invitation by a friend to play an app game called Darwin’s Game, unbeknownst to him that it involves a fight between life and death. Those who play the game are given a Sigil, an ability that varies from player to player. Trapped in this game of relentless murder and conquest, Kaname determines to clear the game, and seek out and kill the Game Master.

Tonight’s Episode:Aquarium

As the Eighth clan prepares to invade the hotel, Kaname forms a makeshift clan with Rein, Ichiro, and Ryuji Maesaka. While making preparations for the Eighth’s arrival, Rein notices that the point values of the gems do not align with the appraisal values getting her to think that there is much more to this event than what the rules state, and that the objective might be something besides gathering three rings. Meanwhile, Shuka sends out a distress message to Kaname as she encounters Sui.

Retro – Touhai Densetsu Akagi (Mahjong Legend Akagi)

After a death-defying game of chicken one evening in 1958, Akagi nonchalantly enters a yakuza mahjong parlor to shake the police’s trail. Although he is unfamiliar with the rules of mahjong, his gambling intuition saves a small-time gambler, Nangou, and grants him a seat at the gambling table. Thus begins Akagi’s legend among the Yakuaza as the best player and gambler of Mahjong.

Tonight’s Episode:The Treacherous Tse Ii Men

As Akagi was late to arrive at the match’s location and because it was impossible to postpone the match, Nangou plays on Akagi’s place. A rule that states the match will continue until Ichikawa or Nang?/Akagi expend all of their points is set. Nangou wins the first two rounds, using the simplest strategy but Ichikawa soon understands it and adapts his playing.

Vinland Saga

set in Dane-controlled England at the start of the 11th century, and features the Danish invaders of England commonly known as Vikings. The story combines a dramatisation of King Cnut the Great’s historical rise to power with a revenge plot centered on the historical explorer Thorfinn, the son of a murdered ex-warrior.

Tonight’s Episode:A True Warrior

Thors advances through Askeladd’s men, beating but not killing them, until he faces Bjorn who is in a berserker rage after eating the mushroom. He defeats Bjorn and challenges Askeladd to a duel. After a fierce swordfight, Thors defeats Askeladd, but they are not out of trouble yet.

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