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Screening of Saturday 9th June 2024

Screening on the evening of Saturday, June 9th 2024

As the Australian Bureau of Meteorology tells us, it is now officially Winter. And as the June darkness and rain descends upon, it is ever more required that we warm our souls by anime’s satisfying glow, in the company of your fellow otaku.
I probably won’t need to remind people that JAFWA is currently operating on Winter hours. Just continue coming about 4PM with preparations to go home at about 9:45PM. This situation will continue through to September. Blame it on the lack of daily sunshine and warmth.

Excitement abounds this week, with one regular series ending and three (3 count them 3) new regular series starting this week at JAFWA. Unfortunately that means that we will not have any room for a preview episode this week, but then again your dutiful committee members need some time to browse through the great crops of anime produced in Japan and winnow it down to a few, worthy anime previews.

There is still some discussion about which 3 regulars series start this week, but tentatively:

  1. Where Does the Doomsday Train Go?“, where some rural school-girls go on an odyssey to Tokyo to find a friend before the doom of this post-apocalyptic world embraces them.
  2. Spice and Wolf” a remake of a beloved series where a medieval merchant hosts the travels of the Wise Wolf Holo.
  3. And towards the end of the night shall be “Witch and Beast” in a world where witches are rightly feared, something more fearsome hunts them.
Doomsday Train
Spice and Wolf
Witch and Beast

A fixture of the Perth fandom scene for many years, and a long-time supporter of JAFWA, we are saddened by the news that Tokyo Underground is closing. Their final day of trading is going to be at the end of this month, June 30th, and they have already begun marking down prices for the final sale.

TU closing

If you don’t want to sponsor an entire night like Lindsay did in March, there is the other scheme for our signed up members. On the night nearest your birthday, you can nominate something to play during the Dinner Break (limited to 30 minutes max). You may have to help us source this material, so plan in advance please.

The other big decision coming up is the JAFWA annual election to be held during the Dinner Break of the JAFWA screening of July 20th. This will be later in the evening after the AGM that we need all signed up JAFWA members to attend when it starts in the afternoon at 2PM in the same Hall.

Expected program for the evening of Saturday June 9th, 2024.

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

4:15pmNon Non Biyori nonstop (season 3)Ep 8/13?
4:40pmFrieren: Beyond Journey’s EndEp 6/26
5:05pmWhere does the Doomsday Train Go?Ep 1/?TBC
5:30pmdinner break, with possibly interesting stuff
6:15pmdoor prize drawing, and announcements
6:30pmThe Apothecary DiariesEp 15/26
6:55pmSpice and WolfEp 1/?TBC
7:20pmOshi no KoEp 5/11
7:45pmDemon Slayer (season 4)Ep 2/?
8:10pmLate Break
8:15pmWitch and BeastEp 1/12(v) TBC
8:40pmUndead UnluckEp 16/24(v)
9:05pmJujutsu Kaisen (season 2)Ep 23/23(v) (finale)

Doors Open before Screening:~4:00 PM

Program Finishes:~9:45 PM

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Dates of Interest

Barring a resurgence of COVID-19 pestilence, these fannish events of interest are scheduled to happen:

  • Weekend June 29th-30th 2024 — Supanova – Perth at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Monday July 8th 2024, ~6:30PM — Luna Double Feature at Luna Cinemas Leederville – “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Ponyo” $15.
  • Weekend July 13/14th 2024, 9AM-4PM — Anime in the Valley at Swan Settlers Market in Herne Hill. It is a bit of a hike so make certain to leave early to reach JAFWA in time (Winter hours).
  • Saturday July 20th 2024, ~2PM to 4PM — JAFWA’s Annual General Meeting, all signed up members all but required to attend.
  • Saturday August 25th 2024, ~9AM to 1PM — Collectors Zone – Toy & Hobby Fair at ECU Sports and Fitness Centre, Joondalup.
  • Weekend September 7/8th 2024, — Evolve Perth at Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds. See also here.
  • Weekend September 28/29th 2024, — Pixel Expo at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Leave early in time for JAFWA.
  • Saturday November 24th 2024, ~9AM to 1PM — Collectors Zone – Toy & Hobby Fair at ECU Sports and Fitness Centre, Joondalup.

Synopsis

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Non Non Biyori Nonstop (season 3)

In the countryside small town village of Asahigaoka, a place lacking many of the conveniences that people from the city are accustomed to. The nearest stores are a few miles away and one of the local schools consists of only five students, each of whom is in a different grade of elementary or middle school. Hotaru Ichijo, a fifth grader from Tokyo, transfers into Asahigaoka Branch School and has to adjust to countryside life with her new friends.

This evening’s Episode:My Senpai Had Entrance Exams Coming Up

One of Akane’s higher-grade schoolmates leaves the school’s music club to prepare for entrance exams. This makes Akane worry that Konomi will also quit the club. After school Akane meets Konomi perchance and they hang out at a festival. That night Konomi stays over at the Koshigaya’s, then Natsumi starts a pillow fight, tries to hide a hole in the screen-door from her mother, and things take an unexpected turn.

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (Sousou no Furiiren)

Frieren

For ten years, elf mage Frieren traveled with Himmel the hero, Heiter the priest, and Eisen the dwarf warrior as they quested to destroy the demon king. At the end of their journey, Frieren set out on her own, not quite understanding how differently time flows for her versus her human companions. Reunited after fifty years only to see them wither and die, Frieren begins to ponder the nature of connections at a time when it’s already too late to say goodbye.

This Evening’s Episode:The Hero of the Village

Stark admits that even though he is strong enough to take on the dragon, he is too afraid to. Fern encourages Stark by telling him all he needs is resolve. The next day, Stark reluctantly agrees to distract the dragon despite still being scared. However, Frieren points out that Eisen was always scared as well before a major battle. Later it is Frieren who is mistaken for a Hero, and sent off to slay the monsters.

Where Does the Doomsday Train Go? (“Shuumatsu Train Doko e Iku?”)

In a town in a not-so-ordinary countryside, there is a big and strange occurrence happening to its residents. But a young girl named Shizuru Chikura has a strong desire to see her lost friend again. Shizuru and three other girls board an abandoned train, and they set out to the outside world, where survival is not certain. They’ll discover what awaits them at the last stop of the “Doomsday Train.”

This Evening’s Episode:I’ll Be Going Now

Two years after the disastrous launch of an experimental 7G cellular network that warped reality, Japan has been left devastated with civilization reduced to various scattered, isolated settlements. Strange phenomena are now commonplace throughout the country such as the people of the town of Agano being transformed into intelligent animals once they reach the age of 21. Shizuru Chikura, Nadeshiko Hoshi, Reimi Kuga, and Akira Shinonome are four students native to Agano who are left to wonder about their future, knowing they will inevitably turn into animals as well once they come of age. They then find a newspaper showing that their missing classmate Yoka Nakatomi is still alive in Ikebukuro, but have no way of getting there.

The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto)

Apothecary Maomao was just out collecting herbs when she was kidnapped by procurers for the Imperial harem, an easy way for unscrupulous people to get money by having “relatives” go work in the Rear Palace. Hiding her skills and knowledge, Maomao hopes to just glide by, earning as little as possible for her kidnappers during her term of service, but such is not to be: when royal infants begin dying, Maomao can’t resist letting people know the cause. This catches the eye of the far-too-handsome Jinshi, who elevates Maomao from laundry maid to poison taster to the Emperor’s favorite concubine. So much for flying under the radar…

Tonight’s Episode:Raw Fish

Gaoshun enlists Maomao’s help in investigating a case involving a bureaucrat who falls into a coma after consuming raw fugu seasoned with vinegar, similar to an incident ten years ago. Every detail checks out, save for one, leading her to Gaoshun referring him to a man named Basen, who shows her the kitchen where the food was prepared. Meanwhile, Jinshi reveals that the high military official Lakan comes complaining to his office about him appointing someone connected to the Rokushoukan as his servant.

Spice and Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf (“Ookami to Koushinryou: merchant meets the wise wolf”)

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine—that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. She strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing.

Tonight’s Episode:The Harvest Festival and The Crowded Driver’s Box

Once there was a village where a wolf-deity guaranteed a bountiful harvest, but the ancient pact has long been forgotten. Then travelling merchant Kraft Lawrence comes a visiting, and the time for pagan gods have passed. But there is a stranger who also leaves in his wagon, with an unbelievable story. And a merchant makes a deal with the Wise Wolf Holo.

Oshi no Ko (“My Favorite Idol” or “Their Idol’s Children”)

Goro Amemiya works as an OB-GYN in a small rural town and is a huge fan of upcoming idol Ai Hoshino. After an unexpected meeting, Goro ends up dying suddenly only to be reborn as one of Ai’s children; a boy named Aquamarine Hoshino (or Aqua for short). He and his twin sister Ruby then grows up as one of show-biz’s biggest secrets.

Tonight’s Episode:Reality Dating Show

While reluctant to risk her acting career by becoming an idol, Kana decides to sign up with Strawberry Productions so she can work alongside Aqua. However, she is shocked that his next job is for a reality dating show titled My Love with a Star Begins Now, where he stars alongside several female co-stars.

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) – season 4 – Hashira Training arc

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:Water Hashira Giyu Tomioka’s Pain

Demonic Doctor Tamayo informs assistant Yushiro of her decision to ally with the Corps. In a letter from Kagaya, Tanjiro learns of Water Hashira Giyu’s refusal to join Hashira Training, with Kagaya asking that he speak to him. Despite being repeatedly dismissed, Tanjiro persists.

The Witch and the Beast (“Majo to Yajuu”)

Ashaf, a tall quietly spoken man and his partner, Guideau, who has the appearance of a girl, but whose masked and powerful alter ego is contained within a coffin strapped to Ashaf’s back. They are tasked by the Order of Magical Resonance to bring rogue witches to account and they travel the country seeking a particular witch who poses as grave threat to society.

Tonight’s Episode:The Witch and the City of Blazing Red

Ashaf and his partner, Guideau arrive in a town seeking a particular witch, and find a powerful witch who is considered the community’s hero and protector. However the witch plans revenge on the anniversary of her mothers death and Ashaf and Guideau try to stop her.

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2

Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto were not always enemies. Long before they had what was supposed to be their final encounter during the Night Parade of a Hundred Demons, the pair were fellow students, rivals, and friends. In another world, they would have been the twin shining stars of Jujutsu Sorcery, but one fateful event destroyed any hope of that ever happening. Turn back the clock to witness the mission that drove them to curse one another beyond even death.

Tonight’s Episode:Shibuya Incident – Gate, Closefinale

Yuki confronts Pseudo-Geto over their conflicting ideologies, the former believing humanity’s next step in evolution is the removal of cursed energy, while the latter believes in optimizing cursed energy. Pseudo-Geto proceeds to remotely activate Mahito’s Idle Transfiguration on two different kinds of non-sorcerers all over Japan, those who consumed cursed objects like Yuji, and those with latent cursed techniques like Junpei, turning them all into sorcerers.

Undead Unluck

Fuuko Izumo is known as a woman cursed with “Unluck.” Fuuko brings misfortune to anyone who touches her and the scale is proportional to how long they had physical contact. She’s saved by Andy, a man who cannot die (“Undead”). He hopes to figure out a way to use Fuuko’s misfortune to finally bring him death. The unlikely pair team up to complete missions given to them by the Book of Revelations, but if they or any of the other negators in their union fail, the book can punish humanity.

Tonight’s Episodes:Revolution

Apocalypse reveals four quests and states that everyone on Earth is free to join in and that failure will result in the 100th penalty, UMA Revolution. As Juiz is about to assign the task, Billy interrupts and starts shooting at everyone and injures Isshin. Billy reveals himself as a traitor and leader of Under. With the help of Rip, Latla and UMA Burn, he takes the Roundtable stating that he alone will kill God.

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