Ichigo, Naruto and Light via iTunes

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Here’s another excuse for the anime-obsessed to spend oodles of cash. Rent? What’s that?

VIZ Media announced episodes of “Naruto” uncut, “Bleach” and “Death Note” are now available from the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) This translates to Season I of “Naruto”, two story arcs of “Bleach” and all 37 episodes of “Death Note.”

Snapshots of a furry charmed life

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While taking a stroll with her mama and two siblings one day, a gray-and-white kitten is distracted for a moment and gets left behind. Lost and alone, the despairing furball is found by a little boy named Youhei and his mother.

They take in the kitten while Youhei’s parents try to find someone who would adopt the cat. Their apartment complex doesn’t allow pets so keeping the kitten is out of the question. Or so they thought.

The kitten starts answering whenever someone in the apartment says, “Chi.” Apparently “chi” means pee in Japanese. Or so the subtitles explain in the fansubbed version I watched.

Cute, isn’t it? And so is this show.

“Chi’s Sweet Home” doesn’t aspire to be anything more than it is which is just fine. The show is supposed to be cute and harmless much like its heroine. I don’t think an episode lasts more than several minutes. I didn’t time it so don’t hold me to that,

There are no dramas, no emo moments and no sudden revelations like Chi is really a puppy in disguise. The character designs are simple and the opening song is Chi singing about her happy life which consists of being petted, fed, playing around and sleeping.

Some folks might think Chi is enough to induce tooth decay. Well, if you’re not in the mood for a simple tale about a cat’s life then move along, move along. Nothing for you to see here.

Why you should really listen to your parents

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There are days when I’m just not in the mood to follow a series. When a quick anime fix is all I need to get me through the day or week. Enter the short film.

“Kakurenbo” by Shuuhei Morita fits this bill. The movie is about a group of children playing hide-and-seek in an abandoned city. They all wear masks.

One of the characters is a boy named Hikora whose sister, Sorincha, disappeared while playing said game. I can’t remember how long she’s been missing though. Hikora thinks by participating in the game, he will find her.

But he will realize this particular hide-and-seek game comes with a sinister twist.

It’s not a bad short film and actually won several awards.

Attention fellow geeks!

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A swarm of anime and manga fans are expected to show up this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center which is the site of Anime Expo 2008.

The expo runs from July 3 to 6. It’s the annual event where geeks like myself can indulge their hankering for anything anime-related. And yes, I have left with a lighter wallet the past two years I’ve attended.

Cosplayers or the fans who like to dress up as a character from a show, manga and even a video game are a common sight in the convention. But if you’re going to take pictures of them, it’s only polite to ask first. Most are willing to pose for a shot so it’s usually no big deal.

If you really, really want a bumper sticker that proclaims your undying love to “Sailor Moon” or have always dreamed of looking like a shinigami from “Bleach”, chances are you will find said items at this event. Just don’t go into a buying frenzy.

I’m taking a pass this year since I’m saving money for an overseas trip. Yeah, I know. It wasn’t an easy decision to make.

Here are some shots from last year’s convention. These are folks channeling the “D. Gray-man” cast and a teen dressed like some Goth Lolita. I don’t know which character she’s supposed to be though.

For more information on the event, go to www.anime-expo.org.