10 tips for the 2-shot event

January 9, 2016 by

After actually experiencing 2-shot event itself, I could finally help or give some tips to people who are planning to go to 2-shots event in the future. Basically, these are all things I learn from going to the 2-shot event.

1. Give yourself time to rest.

If I could redo my day I would probably not have gone for 2 girls in each slot. Going for all the slots meaning I didn’t have enough time for rest. I didn’t have enough time to sit down or eat. And by the 6th slot I was already feeling the tiredness.

I spend most if not all of my day just queuing up and standing so my legs were giving out by the end of the day. If you think you could handle standing the whole day then go for it. If you know your own body, then give it a time to rest. Skip a slot or two.

Some info on slots for guide:
Slot 1: 09:00 – 10:30 (You must be in line by 10:00)
Slot 2: 10:30 – 12:00 (You must be in line by 11:30)
Slot 3: 12:00 – 13:30 (You must be in line by 13:00)
Slot 4: 13:30 – 15:00 (You must be in line by 14:30)
Slot 5: 15:00 – 16:30 (You must be in line by 16:00)
Slot 6: 16:30 – 18:00 (You must be in line by 17:30)
Slot 7: 18:30 – 20:00 (You must be in line by 19:30)
Slot 8: 20:00 – 21:30 (You must be in line by 21:00)

2. Pair popular members with unpopular members

Popular members will have more people lining up for them. I remember for Slot 6 Sayanee, I started lining up at around 6.45pm (I went to Kanon first) and it was almost 7.40pm when I actually got to her. That’s an hour to spend in line for a popular member. With only 1 and a half hours in each slot, imagine having Sayanee and Mayuyu in 1 slot. You might make it to both if you hurry, but I won’t take the chance.

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3. 2 members max, 3 in a slot is cutting it close

Conversely, you could try having 3 semi-popular members in one slot. I tried doing Murashige, Nako, Murashige in slot 4 and was cutting it close with 5 minutes left in Murashige’s second round. That said, if you want to have as many members for 2-shot like me, don’t risk it. Stick it to 2-3 members per slot. And for a popular Kami-member, pair it with someone less popular.

4. Bid for popular members first

This is during the round applications. The rounds are open with first round you can only apply for 5 names. You want to go for the popular ones first because everyone else is doing that as well. I had 2-shots with Sasshi, Shimada, Yukachan, Tomiyoshi, Emili, Murashige, Nako, Sakura, Boss, Mio, Miku, Sayanee, Kanon, Tano and Chori. For the first round I applied for Sasshi twice, Sayanee, Sakura and Mio. I got all 5.

When the list of the girls appear, jot down the girls you want to have 2-shot with. Then, arrange them by popularity and apply for the most popular members first. If you don’t know how popular your favorite members are, Sousenkyo rankings are a good gauge of that. You don’t want to apply for your favorite members too late only to found out they have sold out their slot.

5. Bring food/water

Well, they have food and water but if you’re me and you have 2 girls in each slot, you won’t have time to queue up to buy food & water. I had a couple of onigiri and a bottle of water in my bag. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to get me going through the day.

And if you have friends who doesn’t have as many slots as you, you can always message them to line up for food for you. Muahaha.

6. Take note of the lanes

When you get into the hall, they have this huge list of names and a map in the middle of the hall. You want to take note, jot down in your book or even snap a picture so you can know which lane your members are at. It’s easy, and you don’t have to come back to the middle of the hall every time you want to see which next lane you should go to.

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7. Before 2-shot

Get your tickets stamped! Bring your passport and your tickets and get it verified. The counter is located beside the entrance when I went. You also need the passport and tickets every time you go for a 2-shot. The flow is queue up for verification at each lane, show your passport & tickets, queue up again for the 2-shot, before you reach the member open the camera on your phone and remember to leave your belongings before you enter the booth. Once you show your ticket and your phone to the staff near the booth, you’re ready.

8. Powerbank

I can’t stressed how important this is. 2-shot is taken using your own phone so the last thing you want to happen is your phone running out of battery. Also, no powerbanks are allowed to still be attached to your phone during the 2-shot, I learned it the hard way. So make sure your phone is always charged and ready.

9. Plan your pose

I mostly just wing it on most of my poses but there were a few poses that I knew I wanted to do. Because they will 100% ask “What pose?” during the 2-shot. This is your chance to get the girl to do any pose that you desire (obviously not indecent poses). You can ask back the member what is THEIR favorite pose if you like as well if you don’t have any. Or you can continue the running joke and ask Mio to do a peace pose to compare with mine, Wayne’s and Souchan’s Mio peace pose.

Mio_Peace10. Plan on what to say

Yeah, I wasn’t exactly sure if I would use advice this since I didn’t follow it at all. Or rather, when I did follow and planned what I wanted to say usually the reply was nothing I expected and the conversation strayed away from what I imagined.

But if you don’t know any Japanese, plan on a phrase that you want to say. For me my go-to phrase was, “Nice to meet you! I came from Malaysia!” (Hajimemashite, Mareshia kara kimashita!). It’s always nice to see the girl’s reaction and surprise especially if you’re a foreigner who came from faraway place.

In short, you don’t have to plan every single conversation. Stick to a phrase and let the conversation flow naturally from there. It’s not just a 2-shot. It’s also your chance to interact with your oshimen. Imagine that you only have 2 seconds to say the things you want to say, be clear. Be concise. Be flexible. And most importantly, enjoy the time.

About the author: Half

[Half Assed] is a one person subbing team. Meaning I’m doing all the translating, timing, uploading and bullshitting in all the videos. In the video, I will sub the parts that I am very sure about and the ones I’m not sure I’ll just make up some stuff. This is where I will practice my 中途半端の日本語 (my half-assed Japanese). After all, a half-assed sub is better than no sub, right? 

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