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Screening on Saturday 16th January 2021

The first screening of 2021 was fun. Are you up for the 2nd screening this Saturday?

We finally have an episode for another regular series, so we will begin showing it this week. The other new regular series we decided on hasn’t yet screened on Japanese TV yet, so we can’t screen it at JAFWA this week. Maybe next week. Instead, we will just have to put on a preview episode instead.
There has also been a request to put “Ascendence of a Bookworm” before “Revolutionary Girl Utena”, that I will try this week to see if the audience approves.

So I Am A Spider Promised Neverland

We continue taking precautions to limit the possible second wave of CoVid-19, 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. Please arrive early to confirm personal details due to COVID 19 regulations. There will be Contract Tracing, either by the SafeWA app on your keitai (mobile phones), or by signing in at the contact tracing sheet at the front desk. And we need to wipe the chairs down with disinfectant before they are stacked away.

Below is the tentative program for the evening of Saturday January 16th, 2021.

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

5:15pm Fruits Basket Ep 19/25
5:40pm Arte Ep 2/12
6:05pm Appare Ranman! Ep 2/13
6:30pm dinner break
7:15pm door prize drawing, and announcements
7:30pm Ascendance of a Bookworm Ep 2/26
7:55pm Revolutionary Girl Utena Ep 2/39 (retro)
8:20pm So I’m a Spider, So What? Ep 1 (preview)
8:45pm Promised Neverland season 2 Ep 1/?
9:10pm Late Break
9:20pm In/Spectre Ep 2/12 (v)
9:45pm Mahjong Legend Akagi Ep 19/26 (v)
10:10pm Vinland Saga Ep 17/26 (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 January 16th 2021 9AM-12PM — Nexus Toy Fair at Victoria Park Leisure Centres – Aqualife and Leisurelife. Only $2 entry!
  • Weekend January 16/17th 2021 — GenghisCon at UWA. Also see here.


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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:There’s Just No Way!

Synopsis to come.


16th century Firenze, Italy. The birthplace of the Renaissance Era, where art is thriving. In one small corner of this vast city, one sheltered girl’s journey begins. Arte dreams of becoming an artist, an impossible career for a girl born into a noble family. In those days, art was an exclusively male profession, with women facing strong discrimination. In spite of these challenges, Arte perseveres with hard work and a positive attitude

This evening’s Episode:A New Life

Leo provides his new apprentice Arte money to repair her shed. However, while carrying materials home, she trips on her dress and is helped by a sculptor apprentice named Angelo Parker. Arte refuses to be thought of as helpless and ties up her dress for easier movement. Confused, Angelo returns home to his five sisters who rely on him for most of the housework.

Appare Ranman! (aka “Appare in Full Bloom!”)

After a certain mishap, the brilliant but socially inept engineer Appare Sorano and the shrewd but cowardly samurai Kosame Isshiki find themselves drifting on a boat from Japan to America. Broke, the two decide to compete in the Trans-America Wild Race to win the prize and return to Japan. The two battle crazy rivals, outlaws, and the great outdoors itself as they race through the wild West from the starting line in Los Angeles to the finish line in New York — in the steam-powered car they built.

This evening’s Episode:In the Dark

Appare and Kosame set up in a storehouse near the Los Angeles port when the steamship captain informs them they’ll be stuck there unless they earn enough money to pay for a trip back home. The pair have no luck finding jobs until Kosame uses his sword training to earn some money on the street. Later that day, the two come across a racetrack where the B.I.G. Boss auto conglomerate announces a prize of $1.51 Million to anyone who can beat their racecar and win in the Trans-America Wild Race to New York.

Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiraremasen)

The story follows Motosu Urano, a book-loving post-secondary student and soon-to-be librarian who ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books during an earthquake. With her dying breath, she wishes to be reincarnated in a world where she can read books forever. Urano awakens in the body of a weak, five-year-old girl named Myne in a world where books are scarce and only available to elites. Myne, retaining her memories from her previous life, decides to create and print her own books so that she can read again.

Tonight’s Episode:Life Improvements and Slates

Irritated by her ragged and itchy hair, Myne takes a fruit that Tuuli bought at the market and extracts its oil, creating a basic shampoo that cleans her hair. The next day, their father Gunther forgets a package at home, so Myne and Tuuli attempt to make the trek to his stationed gate to bring it to him. Exhausted from the walk outside, Myne collapses, and is carried by one of the neighbouring boys.

retro – Shoujo Kakuemi Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)

Utena Tenjou, a teenage girl who expresses her desire to be a prince through her strong-willed personality and tomboyish manner of dress. She finds herself drawn into a series of sword duels at Ohyori Academy, to win the hand of Anthy Himemiya, a mysterious girl known as the “Rose Bride” who possesses the “power to revolutionize the world”.

Tonight’s Episode:For Whom the Rose Smiles

As the Rose Bride, Anthy is said to obey whomever she is engaged to without question. It is said that the one who wins the duels and possesses the Rose Bride will gain the “Power to Revolutionize the World”. Anthy moves in with Utena, much to the latter’s chagrin, because despite the power possessing Anthy might give her, Utena cannot bear the thought of participating in a “game” where students fight for control over a classmate’s life.

preview item – So I’m a Spider, So What? ( Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?)

After a Japanese classroom was destroyed by a mysterious explosion all the students reincarnated as humans on a fantasy world except for a female student who had the lowest reputation on the classroom, she was reincarnated as a spider monster. Being the weakest monster on the dungeon she need to survive using all her human intellect and courage..

Tonight’s Episode:Reincarnation, in Another World?

Synopsis to come.

Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) season 2

Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a small orphanage housing her and her 37 siblings. Life had never been better; with food that tasted gourmet, plush beds, snow-white uniforms, and the love of their “Mother” (the caretaker) Isabella, as well the litany of daily exams that Emma always aced with her two best friends Ray and Norman. The orphans are basically allowed to do whatever they want, except to venture out of the compounds or the gate that connects the house to the outside world. Then she finds out the truth. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma partner up with Ray to peel away at the façade of the farm and find a way to escape with all their other siblings.

Tonight’s Episode:Episode 1

Emma, Ray, and the children of Grace Field House escape into the forest and head in the direction of civilization, hoping to locate a supporter to their cause named William Minerva using a pen containing a holographic map discovered by Norman. Using his coded messages in the House textbooks, Ray figures out Minerva’s location and comes to the realization that the stories in their textbooks are actually helping them survive. They are pursued by a giant demonic beast, and are forced to split up with Emma leading the children to Minerva while Ray distracts the monster.


When she was still just a girl, Kotoko was kidnapped by yokai. These spirits made her into a powerful intermediary between the spirit and human worlds, but this power came at a price: an eye and a leg. Now, years later, she watches out for dangerous yokai while developing feelings for a young man named Kuro, who is also special: an incident with a yokai has given him healing powers. He’s surprised when Kotoko asks him to team up to handle renegade yokai, preserving the thin line between reality and the supernatural.

Tonight’s Episode:What the Guardian Serpent Heard

As Kuro visits his cousin, a long term hospital patient, he tells Kotoko he ate mermaid flesh, which should have made him immortal but the second yokai he ate reduced the immortality to a powerful healing ability, though does not reveal what the second yokai was. He also reveals his flesh has become poisonous to yokai. Kotoko asks him to visit a Giant Snake mountain guardian but he refuses. Kotoko visits the snake alone. The snake is confused that a woman, Tanio Aoi, dumped the body of Yoshihara Hiroo in the lake, yet the snake clearly heard her wish the body be found quickly.

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 Confusion of the Demon

It is the final hand of the first round. Washizu is in a situation where he has to discard a dangerous extra tile to Akagi in order to be in tenpai.

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:Servant

Threatened by a mutiny, Askeladd recalls feeding his sickly mother while she told him about their ancestor King Artorius who was recovering from his battle wounds in Avalon, a heaven-like place whence he would return to save their people from their suffering. Askeladd informs his men of his secret hatred of the Danes and immediately lashes out and kills two of them.

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