Morning Coffee: Suki na Senpai
Today we are going to talk about the song that starts with that line, it is ofcourse Suki na Senpai!
Suki na Senpai is originally a song by Morning Musume's 5th generation for their 4th album, 4th "Ikimasshoi!". The song was about junior's loving their senior and asking him/her questions like: Am I pretty? Am I sexy? The junior is doubting herself and asking the senpai if she is doing well.
5th gen was the youngest generation back then and the song became their generation song. It has been preformed by them several times. The song has even been preformed during all their graduation concerts. During Takahashi Ai's graduation concert Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto came on stage to be with their generation members as they preformed the song. The song was also preformed during Niigaki's graduation concert, but by the then youngest generation.
Yet this song has become much more important than just being the 5th generation's theme song. When 6th generation joined, the three new members (Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi & Tanaka Reina) preformed the song. After this all generations that had more than one member started to preform this song during their first concert tour. Only Kusumi Koharu (7th gen), Mitsui Aika (8th gen) and Oda Sakura (11th gen) haven't preformed the song. Mitsui Aika officially had two generation mates, but they joined her after two singles and Mitsui's first concert tour.
Another time this song was preformed by a new generation was when 2nd generation S/mileage preformed it during the Hello!Pro winter concert of 2012. No other new generation has preformed Suki na Senpai.
A lot of the generations that preformed this song still feel emotionally connected to it. It was for most of them the first song they preformed as a generation. 9th gen and 2nd gen S/mileage both preformed the song during their anniversaries in 2015.
As a wrap up for this Morning Coffee, I made a list of all generation's preforming Suki na Senpai! Enjoy it!
Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto & Niigaki Risa
Morning Musume Concert Tour 2002 Haru "LOVE IS ALIVE! at Saitama Super Arena
Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi & Tanaka Reina
Morning Musume. Concert Tour 2003 "15-nin de NON STOP!"
JunJun & LinLin
Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Aki ~Bon Kyu! Bon Kyu! BOMB~
Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho & Suzuki Kanon
Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Haru Shin Souseiki Fantasy DX ~9ki Mem wo Mukaete~
Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki & Kudo Haruka
Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Sotsugyou Special
Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria & Haga Akane
Morning Musume '15 Concert Tour Haru ~GRADATION~
2nd generation S/mileage
Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina & Tamura Meimi