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Screening on Saturday 19th September 2020

Life here is WA has been spared the worst of the pandemic, and we are carefully celebrating, as with the recent South West Festival of Japan down in Bunbury. And let us not forget that screenings continue here at JAFWA.
As you may have noticed last week, our banner sign has attracted some of the more curious of the South Perth residents, and we hope to see more new faces in the following weeks. Excellent wishes to these new friends of ours.

While the pandemic has upset the production of anime in Japan for a few months, the upcoming season in October looks to be chock full of delights, though more than a few seem to be sequel seasons to popular anime. The current paucity of titles is soon to explode, but none-the-less we may have found a couple of preview episodes, based off of comments from our dear JAFWAites in the monthly Surveys, for your consideration.

How Heavy are the Dumbbells you Lift Skull-faced Bookseller Honda-san

JAFWA’s 30th anniversary is quickly approaching, and a reminder that we still have a limited number of tickets for a Japanese Tea Ceremony on the day. Buy your ticket early!

As a side note, quite a few people seem to think 2020 is not a very good year. Be aware that we have entered the new calendar season, and some Japanese calendars have been 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 September 19th, 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 9/?
5:40pm Eizoukan niwa Te o Dasu na! Ep 5/12
6:05pm Dr Stone Ep 19/24
6:30pm dinner break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Somali and the Forest Spirit Ep 5/12
7:55pm Fire Force Ep 17/24
8:20pm Demon Slayer Ep 19/26 (v)
8:45pm How Heavy are the Dumbbells you Lift? Ep 1 (preview)
9:10pm Late Break
9:20pm Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Ep 1 (preview)
9:45pm Legend of Mahjong: Akagi Ep 9/26 (v) (retro)
10:10pm Vinland Saga Ep 8/26 (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 October 3rd 2020, 10AM-4PM — Perth-based Artist’s Alley pCitiplace Community Center.
  • Rescheduled November 21st to 22nd 2020 — SupaNova 2020 – Perth Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre – 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia 6000.
  • Saturday November 28th 2020 — JAFWA’s 30th birthday marathon screening, with stuff!


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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:So Precious…

Kyo, the despised cat of the zodiac, has long fought for recognition of himself. But Tohru has made him glad for the attention of others. Surely Akito can’t take that from him? How much harm can the manipulative Akito’s perfidious words do?

Eizoukan niwa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

Midori, Tsubame, and Sayaka are an energetic trio of first-year high school girls who come together in the Eizouken (Video Research Club) to turn their anime dreams into a reality. Midori is nervous to create an anime alone. She meets Tsubame who appears to be a well-to-do girl but she really has artistic dreams of being an animator. Midori’s best friend Sayaka has the financial sense to bring the project to fruition and joins the pair on their quest.

Tonight’s Episode:An Iron Giant Appears!

Eizouken is hired by the school’s Robot Club to make a short anime with their giant robot fighting a monster. Eizouken begins exploring an abandoned area underneath the school to get ideas for the setting and the monster. The next day, the Robot Club President loudly complains about Eizouken just as Kanamori enters and takes some photos for blackmail.

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:To Modernity

Hyoga of Tsukasa’s Kingdom of Might reveals that his attack was merely a distraction so his ally, Homura, could sneak in and set fire to the village, forcing the villagers out into the open. Wanting to protect the kingdom of science, Suika manages to successfully lure Hyoga’s troops away from the village and strand him and Homura above the poisonous gases from the acid pool.

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:The Wandering Birds

On their search for other humans, Somali and Golem depart into the desert toward their next destination and arrive in Winecup Village. There, they meet the travelers Uzoi, a harpy, and Haitora, an ailing falcohol. Upon hearing their reason for traveling, the feathered duo offer to travel with Golem and Somali, who graciously accept. Unbeknownst to them, however, Uzoi figures out Somali is human, and thus of great use to Uzoi…

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:Black and White and Gray

Princess Hibana rescues Shinra who immediately sheds his bindings and flies back to the workshop. He crashes into Giovanni who has accidentally found the key to Amaterasu after smashing Vulcan’s projector. Lisa uses her magnetic pyrokinesis to subdue Shinra, but will it be enough? Will Shinra ever get to find out the fate of his younger brother?

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:Hinokami

Sword broken, Tanjiro barely dodges the thread but is left with a deep cut across his face. Inosuke marvels at Giyuu’s ability, who so easily killed one of the Twelve Moons. Shinobu compliments Zenitsu on slowing his breathing and the poison’s spread and injects him with an antidote. Will memories of his late father protect Tanjiro from the spider demon?

preview item – How Heavy are the Dumbbells you Lift? (Danberu Nan-Kiro Moteru?, lit. “How Many Kilograms of Dumbbell Can You Lift?”)

Hibiki Sakura is a second year high school girl who has a voracious appetite; this habit leads to her gaining weight. Once this is brought to her attention, she reluctantly thinks about joining the Silverman Gym. At the gym, Hibiki finds out that Akemi Soryuin, a schoolmate of hers, is also thinking about joining. Upon meeting Naruzo Machio, one of the trainers, she falls heads over heels in love with him and joins the gym. Motivated, Hibiki vows to lose weight.

Tonight’s Episode:Why Don’t You Try Strength Training?

Hibiki Sakura and Ayaka Uehara are walking home from Koyo Women’s Academy when Ayaka notices that Hibiki has gained weight and suggests that she should go on a diet. A week later, Hibiki heads to the Silverman Gym. Inside the gym, she notices that Akemi Soryuin, a schoolmate, wants to join too. They look at one of the training rooms and notice that all of the members are buff, which causes Akemi to instantly join.

Preview item – Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san, transl. “Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda”)

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is based on a real life experience of the author Honda during his days as a bookstore employee. The story follows the life as the staff while telling how a bookstore works.

Tonight’s Episode:The Handsome Guy is First in Line / Yaoi Girls from OVERSEAS!!!

Synopsis to come.

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 Authenticity of Genius

Akagi gives the correct answer but the fake Akagi says it was only logic, as these were the remaining tiles, and that three was statistically the best answer. Akagi says he is wrong, then the man challenges him, but Akagi raises the stakes enormously. Returning to the factory, Akagi finds co-worker Osamu being mahjong bullied.

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:Beyond The Edge of The Sea

Askeladd and his men return to the money-hungry feudal lord Gorm’s village on the Jutland Peninsula with the spoils of their adventures. Thorfinn has a rematch with Askeladd, only to be defeated when Askeladd goads him into making an angry, reckless attack. Then it is time for the Viking armies of the Danes to attack.

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