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Screening on Saturday 10th October 2020

October has come, and a week after Evangelion’s 25th Anniversaty, we are in the countdown to JAFWA’s 30th Aniversary celebrations. Rejoice!
But until then there know that the screenings continue here at JAFWA.

The Japanese Autumn anime season starts in October, though we won’t show any of them this week. The JAFWA committee still has to browse through them, to find what we think is the best of the best of this cultural medium.
Thank to the hiatus caused by the pandemic, out normal schedule still has a few hiccoughs. So this week we will start a short 5-episode anime from a few years ago, that deals with isolation and a new normal.


JAFWA’s 30th anniversary is quickly approaching, and a reminder that we may still have a limited number of tickets for an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony on the day. Buy your $10 ticket early! as they are going fast. President Drew may still have some to sell this week.

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. I have already taken an order. Do you also 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 October 10th, 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 10/?
5:40pm Eizoukan niwa Te o Dasu na! Ep 6/12
6:05pm Dr Stone Ep 21/24
6:30pm dinner break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Somali and the Forest Spirit Ep 7/12
7:55pm Planetarian Ep 1/4
8:15pm Fire Force Ep 19/24
8:40pm Demon Slayer Ep 21/26 (v)
9:05pm Late Break
9:15pm Darwin’s Game Ep 10/11 (v)
9:40pm Legend of Mahjong: Akagi Ep 10/26 (v) (retro)
10:05pm Vinland Saga Ep 9/26 (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 at Citiplace Community Center.
  • Saturday October 10th 2020, from 8am – 1pm — NYCC Pop Vinyl Exclusive Release, Craigie Leisure Centre, Whitfords Ave, Craigie.
  • CANCELLED November 21st to 22nd 2020 — SupaNova 2020 – Perth Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre – 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia 6000.
  • Sunday November 22nd 2020, 9:30am – 1pm — Collector Zone Toy & Hobby Fair, Craigie Leisure Centre, Whitfords Ave, Craigie.
  • 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 stressed or grasped by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

This evening’s Episode:Who Are You?

Regretably the final day of the Summer Vacation approaches, and what better to celebrate than with a night of fireworks. Will Tohru find out what all the Sohma’s think of her? Can the somewhat deranged family head Akito keep control of the zodiac-cursed? The meeting between Akito and Tohru can not be a happy one.

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.

This evening’s Episode:I Have To Do It For Myself!

Doumeki moves most of her sound inventory into a nearby room as Eizouken tries to get a storyboard animated and set up timing for the sounds and the Robot Club’s voiceovers. The Art Club returns with their finished backgrounds, but Asakusa and Mizusaki find them riddled with errors and ask them to make some edits.

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:Spartan Crafts Club

Using the new waterwheel, Senku mechanizes the ironmaking process, freeing up the villagers to prepare for winter. Meanwhile, Senku, Chrome, and Kaseki begin developing light bulbs, allowing them to celebrate Christmas by decorating a tree. Chrome uses the new invention to explore deeper in caves, where he finds a host of new minerals.

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 Footsteps That Stalk the Witches

Golem begins to feel guilty regarding his soon-to-be broken promise to stay with Somali after seeing Haitora promise to live with Uzoi. He reveals to Haitora about his upcoming demise, and hears about a village of friendly witches west of the desert where any sort of information can be found.

Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet

The world has fallen into decay.Humanity is all but lost. This is a story of a junker who wonders into a city guarded by automated defense units.Join him on his life changing journey to the stars.

Tonight’s Episode:The Robot’s Bouquet

A man living the life of a “junker”—scavenging useful items among ruined cities to survive—enters a derelict city only to be chased by automated anti-personnel machines. He takes refuge in a former department store building and finds that it still has working electricity. On the top floor, the junker is greeted by Yumemi Hoshino, the friendly gynoid attendant of the department store’s planetarium.

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:Into the Nether

Licht explains to Company 8 that he believes that the White-Clad are hiding in the Nether, a forbidden area of abandoned subway tunnels beneath the Tokyo Empire. The next day, the company enters the Nether, the place which is seen as a place of dread.

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:Against Corps Rules

As spider-demon Rui dies, he is finally able to remember his human life. The Hashira-class Demon Slayers Giyuu and Shinobu find there is one last demon on the mounatin that has not yet been slain – Tanjiro’s sister Nezuko!

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:Old One

Having located the Eighth’s hideout in a warehouse, Rein meets up with Kotori of the Icy Crown clan to ask for information about the current status of the Eighth. With the information, the Sunset Ravens and Inukai arrive at the warehouse. The police also arrive at the scene, but they are quickly slaughtered due to their lack of Sigils.

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 Announcement of the Counterattack

After Akagi beats them all, Ishikawa arrives and takes him to see a match between fake Akagi and Urabe, a representative player of Fujisawa yakuza group. Fake Akagi is winning but Akagi says that Urabe is losing on purpose. Then the betting gets serious.

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:The Battle of London Bridge

The Danish forces are stopped at the fortified London Bridge, guarded by Thorkell the Tall – a fearsome Dane who is supporting the English. Askeladd offers Thorfinn another duel if he can deliver Thorkell’s head.

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