Azumanga Daioh: Episode 27
Alright, I can't be the only one who's seen this.
It all started back in December 2012, when I bought a Malaysian DVD of Azumanga Daioh off of eBay (sort of a Christmas gift to myself). I knew it was probably a bootleg, but it was dirt cheap - $9.99 for all episodes, even if it is subtitled-only, incredibly cheap...one strange thing I noticed is the fact that the front cover said "27 Ehtekattnod Noitaniccaveulfeniws". I knew that Azumanga Daioh only had 26 episodes, but maybe The Very Short Movie or Web Daioh was on there or something and was counted as an episode. Didn't think much of it at the time.
After two weeks, it finally came in the mail. I had fun re-watching Azumanga Daioh now that I've experienced high school (unlike my 5th grade self...who still loved it)...until it came to that last episode on the DVD.
The opening began to play as normal, except the text at the blackboard reading "Don't take the swine flu vaccine!". This was...odd. Perhaps there was an episode 27 and I just don't remember the series all that well?
It cut to a doll dancing. the screen was red. then she stopped.
I yelped and paused the DVD for a minute or two to calm myself down. I considered destroying it, but then part of me didn't want to let go of episodes 1-26, which were great anime classics. I decided to unpause the DVD...couldn't be that bad, right?
The screen cut back to a message like the swine flu may kill you. search on google on youtube about it)
I took the DVD out right after that, and burnt the entire box set, including the other DVDs (there were 4 discs in all). I fear that I might never be able to enjoy Azumanga Daioh again.
I partially write this as a plea; please, if you know anywhere online where episode 27 is available, please notify the host of said website to take it down. Also, if you ever see this on eBay like I did, send a notice to eBay to take it down. Also, if you know someone who might have the box set...help them.
I wish someone could help me.