Pink-haired Tsumiki Domen introduces herself before exclaiming, “Kuso! F-kku! Chikoku da!” That’s subtitled not as the literal “Sh-t! F-ck! I’m late!” but as “Oh no, I’m late!,” setting the tone of this humorous animation. Our heroine rushes off to her first day of high school, slice of toast clamped in mouth — a cliché you could expect in any cute Japanese anime. Except it’s not Japanese TV — “Senpai Club” is a parody video with more than half a million YouTube views. And it’s made by two Swedish high school students calling themselves Make Babies.
In an email interview, Eric Bradford, 18, recounts how he first met Olivia Bergström, 17, a little over a year ago at IT-Gymnasiet high school. “We met during an open house when our classes were working together. It was nothing special, just a project to design a brochure.”