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Explaining 'Senpai' Beyond Its Popular Meme Usage

If you are in any way aware of internet culture, memes, and the anime community, you might have heard of the phrase "notice me senpai" which usually involves a young, teenage girl adoring an older guy, usually her senior in high school, and wanting him to reciprocate her affections.

But often anime caricatures or representations aren't completely accurate in its depictions of ordinary life in Japan. And the term "senpai" doesn't generally convey a romantic connotation. In this guide, you may learn a little bit more about the term, its meaning, and how to properly use it in context.

(Image credit: Jean Wei/Tofugu)


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