Do you have a Senpai in your life?

 

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A peer you respect and look up to?

 

A senpai is never a teacher or a boss. The word is meant to indicate an associate with seniority, like an older classmate or team captain.

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The worlds of academia, athletics, and business are all potential places to encounter a senpai.

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That admiration can often evolve into romantic crush...

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Senpai can be the person you've been pining for, no matter how unlikely.

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Yet when the feeling is reciprocated, it's like a dream come true.

 

This trope has appeared in countless anime series, dating sims, and almost every other Japanese pop culture export.

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Youtubers like Pewdiepie have been dropping the S-bomb in their videos too...

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It's a perfect storm of otaku culture, teen feels, and an entire Internet generation that's happy to mush everything they love into a jittery rainbow-colored stew.

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And it doesn't look like it's going away...

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"If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that senpai will not be contained. Senpai breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is."

 

-Dr Ian Malcom-kun

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