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Saturday 26th November, 2011

Yes! We are on this weekend!

JAFWA has a separate Event afternoon running in the same hall from 12:30 to 4:30. It is make your own fun, but we suspect some people will be bringing semi-automatic nerf weaponry, mahjong, video games and even sewing. Try making a Cosplay costume for the evening!

After the Event Afternoon, the tentative JAFWA program for Saturday 26th November 2011 is below. To be held in the Collins Street Community Center on Collins Street just off Canning Highway in South Perth.

Things of Note:
1) Last week we discovered that we could get the Hall for this week, and the JAFWA attendees voted overwhelmingly in favour of this action.
2) During the evening of December 17, a Special General Meeting of JAFWA will be called to implement a constitution change regarding auditing. Could all paid up members be available to vote.
3) Movie Night! We are going to put on a movie tonight, the 15th theatrical movie of Great Detective Conan. Appropriate cosplay gets in free.

Dale’s Suggestive Remarks, based on suggestion sheets handed in at JAFWA:
An unsigned missive that I suspect originated from one of our regular correspondents:

1.’Beelzebub’: Very funny. Although I doubt how long they can keep the quality of jokes & humour up as they always make a good episode 1 but mess up the rest of the show. About the ‘nudity’, I think it is insignificant by today’s standards.
2. ‘Read or Die’: Slightly anti-america, but acceptable. Although the fighting scene is kind of …. illogical. (How could a glider that can’t be shot down by Apache be shot down by a M-4 carbine on … another glider?)

Never underestimate how long a single joke can be run in anime. The first example I can think of is ‘Ranma 1/2’ where they made the martial arts boy can turn into girl supposition/joke stretch out for 38 manga volumes and as 161 anime TV episodes. Mind you the joke did wear thin after a while.
However with so much anime now available in this rich, rich period, the competition for viewer eyeballs is fierce, so you are correct that they really try and wow you with the first (or sometimes the first and second) episode, unlike earlier years where several episodes could go by before the main elements of the story appeared. Mind you, lately anime series tend to be only 13 episodes long, so they can’t faff around much.
As for the ‘nudity’, that was a joke comment by your ever loving MC. First ‘Dragon Half’ had a low anatomical resolution topless flash by the female character, so I thought it was appropriate that the next show that the naked baby’s low anatomical resolution full frontal nudity would balance things out. It got a laugh at least.

I am not certain that there was a specific anti-American bias to ‘Read or Die’, more a bias against the American president/leadership. But considering the show was animated before September 2011 (you can see the Twin Towers in the New York scenes and mobile phones had extendable antennas), it is unlikely that the author had had much exposure to George W. Bush’s shortcomings. Perhaps it should be seen as a polemic against the shortcomings of complacency and indolence of the modern consumer generation who have inherited the works of previous generations’ geniuses, when exposed to the raw nature of a previous generation’s genius. Or some such. What am I , a philosopher?
As for illogical battles, you have probably either not read super-hero comics and/or have been spoiled by the quality and consistency of anime. But if you were asking me to pull an explanation out of thin air, then the Lillienthal ‘Air King’ I-jin was using his superior maneouverability against long range rear attacks by obvious Apache helicopters, while was caught by surprise against a shorter range, more accurate attack from an unexpected glider to the fore. You try and do better. Exposition is limited in this series.

Theatrical Poster of this week's movie. Click on picture if you want spoilers

All items in the original Japanese language with English subtitles

5:10pm Ano Hana Ep 1 (preview)
5:35pm Super Veggie Torrac-man OAV
6:00pm Blue Exorcist Ep 1 (preview)
6:25pm Chi’s New Address Ep 091/104 =^_^=
6:30pm dinner break
Possibly showing something during Dinner Break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Chi’s New Address Ep 092/104 =^_^=
7:35pm Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence movie 15
9:05pm Puella Magi Madoka Magika Ep 1 (preview)
Late Break
9:35pm Blood-C Ep 11/12 (V)
10:00pm preview item Ep 1 TBA
10:25pm Welcome to NHK Ep 20/24 (?)
JAFWA Doors Open: ~4:55 PM
Program Finishes: ~10:45 PM

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