Mayuyu’s 2shot guide: Part 1.5 [Updated]

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[Updated 3rd December – Please re-check restriction information for applications, there was a misunderstanding in the original translation, my apologies (the terms they use are ambiguous), thanks to Zeyin for pointing this out]

What’s up guys, Mayuyu here again!

I just wanted to get this post up so everyone can be ready for the start of the applications tomorrow, that’s right… TOMORROW!!! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Some of you may already be aware that Chara-Ani have put all of the information up on akb48.chara-ani.com. For those of you who are unaware, or were wondering what it all means I wanted to try give you a better idea of what’s happening right now, so here’s my “Extended Episode” for the guide.

First of all, they announced the venues and the dates as follows:

18th April 2015 (Saturday) – Makuhari Messe (Just outside of Tokyo to the east near Chiba – Easy access from Tokyo)
3rd May 2015 (Sunday) – INTEX Osaka (In Osaka itself, very central)
5th May 2015 (Tuesday) – Pacifico Yokohama (Just outside of Tokyo to the west – Easy access from Tokyo)
6th May 2015 (Wednesday) – Pacifico Yokohama
30th May 2015 (Saturday) – Tokyo Big Sight (Within Tokyo itself near Odaiba)

Please note that the 3rd, 5th and 6th of May fall in Golden Week in Japan so it is likely to be very busy around this time, make sure to book travel arrangements such as flights and hotels in advance for these dates. (Thanks to Kok on Facebook for pointing this out!)

Second of all, they have announced the application rounds and details!
(Please note all times are given in JST)

Round 1
Applications open: 3rd December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 5th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 1 application per member timeslot, 5 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 5 applications total.
Results announced: 5th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 2
Applications open: 5th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 8th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 3 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 30 applications total.
Results announced: 8th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 3
Applications open: 8th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 11th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 11th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 4
Applications open: 11th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 15th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 1th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 5
Applications open: 15th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 16th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 16th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 6
Applications open: 16th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 17th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 17th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 7
Applications open: 17th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 18th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 18th December 2014 @ 14:00

Round 8
Applications open: 18th December 2014 @ 18:00
Applications close: 19th December 2014 @ 13:00
Restriction: 5 applications per member timeslot, 10 member timeslots maximum.
Limit: 50 applications total.
Results announced: 19th December 2014 @ 14:00

Now…

Just to make the restriction meaning clear. A member timeslot is a specific member in a specific slot, for example, Mayuyu in Slot 1 is a member timeslot, or Yukirin in Slot 4.

In round 1 the restriction is 1 application per member timeslot, with a maximum of 5 applications.
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Sasshi Slot 2 and Sayanee Slot 3 = OK
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Sasshi Slot 1 and Sayanee Slot 1 = OK
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 2 and Sasshi Slot 2 = OK
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1 and Sasshi Slot 2 = NG

In round 2 the restriction is 3 applications per member timeslot with a maximum of 30 applications.
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1, Sasshi Slot 2, Yukirin Slot 5 … = OK
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 2 … = OK
E.g: Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1, Mayuyu Slot 1 … = NG

Details for the album say that it will cost 2,200 Yen, 2,376 Yen including tax, and shipping will be 500 Yen each. Note: That is only the cost for buying and shipping to your TENSO, extra charges will apply from TENSO to you (Tenso fee, Tenso shipping… possible import tax + charges).

I will release a detailed guide with screenshots for the application process tomorrow, but it will take me a little while to do the write up in detail, but I’ll try get it ready by the morning of the 4th at the latest (01:00 JST) so there is still PLENTY of time to get applications in. Remember it’s a lottery, not first come first served, so you will not lose anything by waiting. Please be patient and don’t scream at me for help straight away! The guide will come, I promise.

I learnt a few things from my experience last year, and one of them is plan your applications – you should get applications in for the girls you really want to see as soon as possible, because as time goes on their slots will start to sell out. For reference, last year only 2 members sold out of all slots on the first round of applications, Oshima Yuko and Yamamoto Sayaka. Even popular members like Mayuyu and Sasshi were available in the second round, but a reduced number of slots were available, so keep that in mind.
Also take note that Ricchan and Annin will not be attending these 2shots.

I hope you’ve all registered with TENSO and Chara-Ani already, if not please go see Part 1 of my guide and get signed up ready!

I’ll see you all tomorrow with more information on everything!!!