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Screening on Saturday 17th October 2020

We continue the countdown to JAFWA’s 30th Aniversary celebrations. Rejoice!
The screenings continue here at JAFWA.

This month’s preview episodes of anime commence, as we attempt to bring appreciation of the wide variety of Japanese anime. There is far more anime produced in Japan than we could ever hope to show at JAFWA, even if we each and every week we only showed a single episode of a different anime, never repeating a single title. So by some careful curation, and some timely suggestions from our membership, we try and present some of the better anime titles we are aware of, during these preview slots.
Though I sometimes worry that sometimes we skew your perception of anime through our choice of “best” anime. Should we balance it out by previewing the less good titles? (please do not agree to that suggestion – please.)


JAFWA’s 30th Aniversary 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 17th, 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 11/?
5:40pm Eizoukan niwa Te o Dasu na! Ep 8/12
6:05pm Dr Stone Ep 22/24
6:30pm dinner break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Somali and the Forest Spirit Ep 8/12
7:55pm Planetarian Ep 3/5
8:10pm Demon Slayer Ep 22/26 (v)
8:35pm Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out Ep 1 (preview)
9:00pm Late Break
9:10pm Darwin’s Game Ep 11/11 (v) (final)
9:35pm Legend of Mahjong: Akagi Ep 11/26 (v) (retro)
10:00pm Vinland Saga Ep 10/26 (v)

Doors Open before Screening:~5:00 PM

Program Finishes:~10:45 PM

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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:All Mine

The somewhat eventful Summer is coming to an end, and Tohru and the Sohmas return home. Tohru, and perhaps others have managed to grow and mature a bit. But now Tohru has a goal, to break the Zodiac curse of the Sohma clan. Will Kagura reveal her terrible truth?

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:The Grand Shibahama Festival!

With the school festival approaching, the anime is almost done, though Kanamori notes the dialogue will have to be done live as Mizusaki’s edits gave them no time to add it in. Meanwhile, Mizusaki receives word that her parents will come to see her at the festival, and decides to make herself the face of the production to draw in an audience.

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 Treasure

In the search for tungsten for the vacuum tubes, Senku, Chrome, and Magma search a nearby cave. After encountering a mica vein, Magma tries to save Senku from falling into a sinkhole, but both eventually are trapped. Can Chrome save them both? Or drown them?

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:Meetings and Bonds Prayed For

After considering the failing health of the head librarian, Praline decides to give Golem a map of the library to find their way. However, they are caught by security monsters and branded as intruders. Golem grabs Somali and they manage to escape, arriving in the heart of the library where the aging head librarian resides.

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:Repairing the Projector

The junker returns to the planetarium and begins repairs on the projector. Yumemi tells him that she has been in energy-saving mode for the past 30 years and is only active for one week in a year. The junker brings up the subject of God, and suggests that Yumemi pray to the god of robots for the projector to get fixed sooner.

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:Master of the Mansion

Tanjiro comes face-to-face with the nine most powerful Demon Slayers: Giyuu (the Water Pillar), Shinobu (the Insect Pillar), Kyoujuro Rengoku (the Flame Pillar), Tengen Uzui (the Sound Pillar), Mitsuri Kanroji (the Love Pillar), Muichirou Tokitou (the Mist Pillar), Gyoumei Himejima (the Stone Pillar), Obanai Iguro (the Snake Pillar), and Sanemi Shinazugawa (the Wind Pillar). They put Tanjiro on trial due to him having violated Demon Slayer Corps rules by traveling with a demon, even if she is his sister.

preview item – Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)

Hana Uzaki is thrilled to discover that she is attending the same college as her fellow high school upperclassman, Shinichi Sakurai. However, after a year of watching him just laze around, she comes to the conclusion that he has turned into a loner. Shinichi Sakurai’s one wish is for a little peace and quiet. Hana Uzaki decides to spend as much time with Shinichi as possible, believing that he is an introvert or intimidating which is uncool and unacceptable.

Tonight’s Episodes:Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!

Hana Uzaki decides to cure Shinichi Sakurai of his loneliness. They go see a movie, try virtual reality, where he accidentally fondles her breast, she hurts her back at batting baseball, eats from his plate at the restaurant, and constantly embarrasses him.

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:Sunset Ravens

Having decided to kill the Eighths because of their murderous actions both inside and outside the game, Kaname challenges the Eighth to a clan battle against the Sunset Ravens. While Kaname and Ryuji dispatch the remaining Eighths, Shuka engages in a one-on-one duel with Wang.

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 Foundation for Despair

As the fake Akagi is losing, Kawada requests Akagi to play in his place but Akagi refuses, saying he would only play if his hanger on Osamu plays first. Unaware of the wager, Osamu wins two hands but when he hears about the 32 million bet, he loses his confidence, and then Akagi takes Osamu’s place.

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:Ragnarok

Ragnar’s men become impatient with the siege, spurred by the taunts of Thorkell, but he keeps them in check. Askeladd’s men are also becoming bored from inactivity, but after they learn that Thorkell has gone in pursuit of Sweyn’s army, he renews the assault on London.

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