Notice Me, Senpai
|Synonyms:||I hope senpai will notice me|
|Date Started:||2012 ish|
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Notice Me, Senpai is a meme inspired by anime, manga, and Japanese media. It may have inspired development of the (not yet released) Yandere Simulator video game.
"Senpai," also spelled "sempai," is a Japanese honorific used in certain situations to refer to someone older or more experienced than the speaker. The meme is derived from the popular Japanese media trope of a character becoming infatuated with a character they consider their senpai and having thoughts along these lines.
"I hope senpai notices me" or "I hope senpai will notice me" were widely used on Tumblr. The concept was introduced there on August 8, 2012 when a blog called Has Senpai Noticed Me Yet? was created.
In fandom spaces, this meme sees a variety of different uses. Fans may use it to poke fun at canonical relationships, or to indicate that they find a character hot and would like to be "noticed" by them. Some fans also use this meme when talking about another fan they admire, as a way of indicating that admiration, or when attempting to catch the notice of authors, The Powers that Be, or other people associated with a work in an official capacity.