History Main / SempaiKohai

3rd Feb '16 1:12:53 AM SamCurt
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* In ''HidamariSketch'', Sae and Hiro are Yuno's and Miyako's sempai. They all seem to get along pretty well, so they don't seem to treat it like an obligation. In volume 4 of the manga and the third season of the anime, they all get two new kouhai: Nori and Nazuna. (Incidentally, Yuno moved into the room occupied by Hiro and Sae's sempai, Misato.)
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* In ''HidamariSketch'', ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Sae and Hiro are Yuno's and Miyako's sempai. They all seem to get along pretty well, so they don't seem to treat it like an obligation. In volume 4 of the manga and the third season of the anime, they all get two new kouhai: Nori and Nazuna. (Incidentally, Yuno moved into the room occupied by Hiro and Sae's sempai, Misato.)
2nd Feb '16 9:33:33 PM Karxrida
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Namespacing.
* In ''KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Axel gives a hearty "Jaa na Sempai" to [[spoiler:Vexen]] before [[spoiler:he [[KillItWithFire murders him]] in front of Sora]]. He's likely being snarky about it, though, because the other Organization members simply address their elders by name.
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* In ''KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Axel gives a hearty "Jaa na Sempai" to [[spoiler:Vexen]] before [[spoiler:he [[KillItWithFire murders him]] in front of Sora]]. He's likely being snarky about it, though, because the other Organization members simply address their elders by name.
21st Jan '16 11:15:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** In ''Manga/ViVid'', Vivio refers to Einhart as her sempai, but calls her "Einhart-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics san]]" rather than "Einhart-sempai"
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** In ''Manga/ViVid'', ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', Vivio refers to Einhart as her sempai, but calls her "Einhart-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics san]]" rather than "Einhart-sempai"
18th Jan '16 1:43:49 PM Pichu-kun
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* {{Averted}} in ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. When Sumire began junior high she tried to begin calling high schooler Nene "Nene-senpai" but Nene gets annoyed. She points out that they're ''cousins'', calling her "Nene-chan" is just fine.
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* {{Averted}} in ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. When Sumire began junior high she tried to begin calling high schooler Nene "Nene-senpai" "Nene-sempai" but Nene gets annoyed. She points out that they're ''cousins'', calling her "Nene-chan" is just fine.fine. * Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has a pretty strong reaction to Miki referring to her as "sempai".
5th Dec '15 3:42:40 AM Vorpoler
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* Satou Takanashi from ''Manga/{{Working}}'' only ever refers to [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Popurar]] Taneshima as "Sempai"(she doesn't reciprocate); this might have something to do with her being OlderThanSheLooks.
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* Satou Souta Takanashi from ''Manga/{{Working}}'' only ever refers to [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Popurar]] Popura]] Taneshima as "Sempai"(she doesn't reciprocate); this might have something to do with her being OlderThanSheLooks.
5th Dec '15 1:43:53 AM K
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* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', Jou is sometimes called "sempai," as he is the oldest of the group. Miyako also calls Koushirou "Izumi-sempai," as he was her senior in the computer club, and Daisuke refers to Taichi as "Taichi-sempai," as he was his senior in the soccer club.
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* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', Jou is sometimes called "sempai," as he is the oldest of eldest, and thus ''sempai'' to the group.entire group, even though only Sora and Mimi (and Koushirou in Anime/DigimonAdventureTri) address him as such. He takes his responsibility as such very seriously, even though no one else does. Miyako also calls Koushirou "Izumi-sempai," as he was her senior in the computer club, and Daisuke refers to Taichi as "Taichi-sempai," as he was his senior in the soccer club.
22nd Nov '15 12:24:44 PM FalconPain
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** Taken even further in ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''. The team decides to LetsSplitUpGang to find the missing idol singers, and the split is directly along the sempai/kohai line. Members of the kohai team even talk about doing their best to impress the sempais.
21st Nov '15 12:06:03 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RurouniKenshin'', Shishio refers to Kenshin, the government's previous manslayer in the shadows, as his sempai. Similarly to the ''YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now.
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* In ''RurouniKenshin'', ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Shishio refers to Kenshin, the government's previous manslayer in the shadows, as his sempai. Similarly to the ''YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now.
14th Nov '15 5:31:37 PM nombretomado
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** In ''{{Robotech}}'', this is changed to Rick calling him "Big Brother," which is not quite the same.
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** In ''{{Robotech}}'', ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', this is changed to Rick calling him "Big Brother," which is not quite the same.
6th Nov '15 11:30:19 AM Prfnoff
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The concepts of ''sempai'' ("senior" or "upperclassman"; also spelled "senpai"[[labelnote:†]] While the word uses the 'n'-kana (ん or ン), an 'm' sound is naturally made as the lips try to move from that sound to the 'p' sound – ergo it is pronounced "sempai", and older romanization schemes like Hepburn render the character as 'm' before certain consonants – that's also the reason why the major Japanese newspapers transliterate their names as ''[whatever] Shi'''m'''bun'' rather than ''[x] Shi'''n'''bun''. The Kunrei romanization system used internally by the Japanese government and favored by some fansubbers is much more literalistic, and always translates the symbol as 'n'. Note that unlike most countries (China and the Koreas, for instance), Japan does not legally mandate a single romanization scheme, allowing people and businesses to transliterate names however they want, which occasionally results in some… [[XtremeKoolLetterz interesting]]… variants.[[/labelnote]]) and ''kouhai'' ("junior" or "underclassman") permeate Japanese society. In fiction, you see them used most often in school settings, but the system also applies after graduation, in the workplace. Older students (or workers with greater seniority) are known as ''sempai'', and junior students/workers (or ''kouhai'') are required to defer to them, and address them with the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]] -''sempai'' and polite speech patterns. In return, the ''sempai'' is obligated to look out for, and protect, the ''kouhai''.
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The concepts of ''sempai'' ("senior" or "upperclassman"; also spelled "senpai"[[labelnote:†]] While the word uses the 'n'-kana (ん or ン), an 'm' sound is naturally made as the lips try to move from that sound to the 'p' sound – ergo it is pronounced "sempai", and older romanization schemes like Hepburn render the character as 'm' before certain consonants – that's also the reason why the major Japanese newspapers transliterate their names as ''[whatever] Shi'''m'''bun'' rather than ''[x] Shi'''n'''bun''. The Kunrei romanization system used internally by the Japanese government and favored by some fansubbers is much more literalistic, and always translates the symbol as 'n'. Note that unlike most countries (China and the Koreas, for instance), Japan does not legally mandate a single romanization scheme, allowing people and businesses to transliterate names however they want, which want, which occasionally results in some… [[XtremeKoolLetterz interesting]]… variants.[[/labelnote]]) and ''kouhai'' ("junior" or "underclassman") permeate Japanese society. In fiction, you see them used most often in school settings, but the system also applies after graduation, in the workplace. Older students (or workers with greater seniority) are known as ''sempai'', and junior students/workers (or ''kouhai'') are required to defer to them, and address them with the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]] -''sempai'' and polite speech patterns. In return, the ''sempai'' is obligated to look out for, and protect, the ''kouhai''.

* [[DropTheHammer Shin]] of ''{{Dorohedoro}}'' is [[StatuesqueStunner Noi]]'s sempai. They happily makes bets on who will kill the most or eat the fastest. Despite being basically assassins, they're [[PunchClockVillain pretty]] [[CrapsackWorld decent]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality guys]]. Shin only allows Noi to call him like that though.
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* [[DropTheHammer Shin]] of ''{{Dorohedoro}}'' ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' is [[StatuesqueStunner Noi]]'s sempai. They happily makes bets on who will kill the most or eat the fastest. Despite being basically assassins, they're [[PunchClockVillain pretty]] [[CrapsackWorld decent]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality guys]]. Shin only allows Noi to call him like that though.
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