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30th Anniversary Screening of November 28th 2020

This is it! This is the week that JAFWA celebrates its 30th Aniversary as an amateur club of otaku. Rejoice! Come and see how amateurish we still are.
In addition to some samples of our favourite anime from the last 30 years, we also have a few regular program episodes that need wrapping up for the end of the year. There is so much stuff that some of it will spill over to the screening of December 12th.

Our screening will start at about 1:30PM, after we set up the hall and implement the sun disactivator/sun block 16000.

Haruhi Ranma 1/2 Hoshi no Koe Giant Robo Cowboy Bebop Samurai Champloo Shirobako Death Note

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 ~12:45pm, while the Screening should begin at 1:30pm, 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 afternoon and evening of Saturday November 28th, 2020.

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

1:30pm The Melancholia of Suzumiya Haruhi Ep 1 (retro)
1:55pm Ranma 1/2 Ep 1 (retro)
2:20pm Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann Ep 1 (retro)
2:50pm Early Break
3:00pm Voices of a Distant Star OAV (retro)
3:25pm Giant Robo Ep 1 (retro)
4:25pm Early Break
4:30pm Samurai Champloo Ep ? (retro)
4:55pm Cowboy Bebop Ep ? (retro)
5:20pm Fruits Basket season 2 (2020) Ep 17/?
5:45pm Fruits Basket season 2 (2020) Ep 18/?
6:10pm early dinner break
6:30pm Speaches, Cake cutting, etc
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Shirobako Ep 1 (retro)
7:55pm Death Note Ep 1 (retro)
8:20pm Fire Force season 1 Ep 24/24 (final)
8:45pm Demon Slayer season 1 Ep 26/26 (final)
9:10pm Late Break
9:20pm Legend of Mahjong: Akagi Ep 17/26 (v) (retro)
9:45pm Vinland Saga Ep 14/26 (v)
10:10pm Vinland Saga Ep 15/26 (v)

Doors Open before Screening:~1:15 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 November 28th 2020 — JAFWA’s 30th Aniversary marathon screening, with stuff!
  • December 4th – 13th 2020 — #JFFAU2020 program is 100% online and 100% free, streaming in Australia and New Zealand
  • December 12th 2020 — JAFWA’s final sreening of 2020, with an irregular but interesting program.
  • Saturday January 9th 2021 — JAFWA returns in 2021!


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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

Kyon is a student at North High School in Nishinomiya. He is dragged along by his classmate, the titular Haruhi Suzumiya, an eccentric schoolgirl who seeks supernatural phenomena and figures, such as aliens, time travelers, and espers. With Kyon’s reluctant help, Haruhi establishes a club called the “SOS Brigade”. Oddly, Haruhi will be successful, but the aliens, espers and time travelers don’t want Haruhi to find them.

This afternoons’s Episode:The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part One

Enrolling in high school, a boy known only as Kyon is baffled by his classmate Haruhi Suzumiya, who introduces herself by saying she wants to meet time-travelers, aliens, and espers. While striking up conversation with Haruhi, Kyon inadvertently gives her the idea of forming her own club, which she names the SOS Brigade. With Kyon forced to be her first member, Haruhi recruits Yuki Nagato, the sole member of the Literature Club that they liberate the clubroom from, along with the timid Mikuru Asahina.

Ranma 1/2

The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, while hot water changes him back into a boy. Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, enemies and many fiancées constantly hinder and interfere.

This afternoons’s Episode:Here’s Ranma – The Strange Stranger from China

The Tendo patriarch has decided to marry one of his 3 daughters to Ranma, the son of his best friend Genma saotome. On the fateful day, the Tendo family is visited by a girl and her panda, who turn out to be Ranma Saotome and his father Genma. Father and son recount their memories in Jusenkyo that made their transformations possible.

Voice of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe)

Follows the lives of two close childhood friends, a boy and a girl, who get separated once the girl is sent into space to fight in a war against aliens. As the 15-year-old girl goes deeper and deeper into space, the texts she sends take longer to reach the Earth; the film simultaneously follows her battles and the boy’s life as he receives her texts over the years.

Giant Robo

The events take place in the near future, ten years after the advent of the Shizuma Drive triggers the third energy revolution. The series follows the master of the titular Robo, Daisaku Kusama, and the Experts of Justice, an international police organization locked in battle with the BF Group, a secret society hell-bent on world domination.

This evening’s Episode:The Black Attache Case

In the Far East, the super-powered operatives of the Experts of Justice battle the Big Fire group. Big Fire’s plans depend on retrieving the contents of an attache case from the fugitive professor Shizuma, architect of the new age. Thus does a running battle of mecha, martial arts, and robots begin. The Experts of Justice may have o call out their trump card, young Daisaku and the giant robot he commands.

Cowboy Bebop

Set in the year 2071, and follow the lives of a bounty hunter crew traveling in their spaceship called the Bebop. Although it covers a wide range of genres throughout its run, Cowboy Bebop draws most heavily from science fiction, western and noir films, and its most recurring thematic focal points include adult existential ennui, loneliness and the difficulties of trying to escape one’s past.

This evening’s Episode:Asteroid Blues

Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter, and his partner Jet Black head to the Tijuana asteroid colony on their ship, the Bebop, to track down a bounty-head named Asimov Solensan. Asimov is wanted for killing members of his own crime syndicate and stealing a cache of a dangerous combat drug known as Bloody-Eye.

Samurai Champloo

Set in an alternate version of Edo-era Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip-hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rounin; and Fuu, a brave girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.

This evening’s Episode:Tempestuous Temperaments

Fuu, a waitress who is being intimidated by the village prefect’s son, Ryujiro, and his guard, begs 19-year-old vagabond Mugen for help. Across town, skilled 20-year-old ronin Jin kills the prefect’s bodyguards as they prepare to kill a peasant. Jin enters the restaurant, where Mugen mistakes him for the prefect’s elite bodyguards and, seeking a worthy adversary, engages him in combat.

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:You Will, I’m Sure” and “Wanna Kiss?

Tohru and her classmates are on their school trip to Kyoto, but how many of them are properly prepared for this important stage in their youth? What souveniers will they each bring back from Kyoto? Is Kyo (the Cat) finally becoming populay, and can he handle it with dignity and grace?
Meanwhile Hiro (the Sheep) and Kisa (the Tiger) have a perplexing encounter with Isuzu/Rin (the Horse). The Zodiac curse weighs heavily, driving Rin to despair and sickness. Is she even good enough for Hatsuhara (the Ox)?

Shirobako (White Box)

Aoi Miyamori and her four friends made up the Animation club at their high school, and all five of them aimed to go into the Anime industry after graduation. Now Aoi, like her friends, has made her dream come true. She works for Musashino Animation, a little studio in Tokyo. The job comes with all sorts of challenges and stresses but Aoi wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t something she wanted to do.

This evening’s Episode:Exodus To Tomorrow!

In Kaminoyama High School, animation club members and good friends Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Shizuka Sakaki, Misa Toudou, and Midori Imai promise to each other that they will make an animated feature together one day. Two and a half years later, Aoi is working as a production assistant at Musashino Animation, an animation studio that is currently working on an upcoming anime for the fall season.

Death Note

Yagami Light is an ace student with great prospects, who’s bored out of his mind. One day he finds the “Death Note”: a notebook from the realm of the Death Gods, with the power to kill people in any way he desires. With the Death Note in hand, Light decides to create his perfect world, without crime or criminals. However, when criminals start dropping dead one by one, the authorites send the legendary detective L to track down the killer, and a battle of wits, deception and logic ensues…

This evening’s Episode:Rebirth

Outside the grounds of his high school, Light Yagami discovers a notebook that claims to be able to kill anyone whose name and face is known to its owner. He initially dismisses the so-called “Death Note” as a hoax, but, after testing its powers, he discovers that these claims are indeed real. The original owner, a shinigami named Ryuk, approaches Light and explains that the notebook now belongs to him. Light decides to use the Death Note’s power to rid the world of evil and become the god of a new, peaceful world.

Fire Force (En’en no Shouboutai, literally “Blazing Firefighting Corps”) – season 1

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 Burning Past ” Finale

It is time for Shinra to leave hospital and return to his squad, However, in order to find out what he knows, Shinra commences his duel with Commander Burns, whose explosive pyrokinetic ability initially overwhelms Shinra although the youth proves his resolve. Burns then tells Shinra that the Evangelist was active 12 years earlier and knew that the Kusakabe brothers possessed Adolla Burst abilities.

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) – season 1

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:New Mission ” Finale

A few months earlier: Following Rui’s death, Kibutsuji summons the remaining five Lower of the Twelve Moons, disappointed with the performance of the lower 6. Present Day: A Kasugai crow wakes Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke with an assignment – go west to the Mugen (Infinite) Train, where casualties are increasing and slay the demon there.

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 gamblerand grants him a seat at the gambling table. Thus begins Akagi’s legend among the Yakuza as the best player and gambler of Mahjong.

Tonight’s Episode:The Proof of Genius

Akagi earns 1 million yen from Washizu’s riichi from the previous round. Yasuoka plays a discard into Akagi’s hand allowing Akagi to win the next round. Yasuoka’s own points do not matter as this is primarily a match between Washizu and Akagi. Washizu, annoyed at Akagi’s plays, wins the next round off a discard from his henchman to his right. First blood will be drawn.

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 Light of Dawn” and “After Yule

As Askeladd and his men cross northern Mercia, they are caught in early winter snows. Cold and hungry, they come across a village of Christians and pillage it, taking all of their food, killing all so no-one will reveal them. Their pursuer Thorkell reaches Gloucester, but learns that the English nobles are tired of war and are ready to accept Danish rule. Some English troops find Askeladd’s group, and his men begin to think his good luck has run out.

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