The @Seinfeld2000 Twitter account does a fine job at imagining what it would be like if Seinfeld was still on the air today — if Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer had to deal with modern annoyances and ideas, like George inventing a seven-second version of Vine or confusion about the #LoveTrumpsHate hashtag. One thing it fails to address, however, is what the comedy classic would be like if it was an anime.
That’s not a mystery game-making duo PNTGRM were prepared to leave unsolved, so they went ahead and created “The Senpai,” a visual novel that’s basically a playable Seinfeld episode that’s decidedly anime.
They’re not about to go Super Saiyan or anything, but after talking about what it’d be like to get crushed to death, George reveals to Jerry that he’s having a problem at school: “It’s my senpai, Jerry.” If you, playing as Jerry, choose to press George for an explanation, he elaborates, “You know, my senpai, my superior. He won’t notice me, Jerry!”
For those unfamiliar with the trope, it’s a fairly common occurrence that a character, usually a student, wants a superior, or “senpai,” to take notice of them, whether romantically or otherwise. It became a meme a few years ago, and now it’s even made its way to Seinfeld, sort of.
You can play “The Senpai” in your browser, or you can download it for Windows and Mac, so check it out here; Maybe your taste in quality internet content will be what it takes for senpai to finally notice you.
You know who else wants Senpei to notice them? Onyx the Fortuitous: