Reservation mechanism (Why I posted this now):
If you have a Lv2 or above Bilibili account registered on or before 30th April, 2017 with attachment to a phone number, you are allowed to "reserve". The reservation shall end on 19th June, 2017, 0:00 a.m.
Reservation mechanism benefits:
1. Easier access to the voting page from homepage and mobile client
2. Notifications on voting activities
3. No SMS verification needed when voting (for voters who do not reserve, they will have to go through SMS verification every time they vote)
4. Able to nominate any character NOT on the pre-set list of participating characters
Tournament (Japanese anime division) starts on 22nd July, 2017.
Characters with new material between 1st October, 2016 and 30th June, 2017 (both dates inclusive) are eligible.
Matches run for 23 hours (00:00 - 23:00 UTC+8).
5th - 6th August: Preliminaries repechage (1 group per day for both genders, Top 8 of each group advance to main tournamen, groupings to be allocated by random)
Main Tournament (Elimination style, draw to be decided by live lot drawing on 7th August. The 8 players with higher VF% in Preliminaries (exclusive of repechage) shall be seeded and avoid meeting each other before the finals)
8th - 15th August: 128 --> 32 (4 groups per day for both genders)
16th - 19th August: 32 --> 16 (4 groups per day for both genders)
20th - 21st August: 16 --> 8 (4 groups per day for both genders)
Finals (Elimination style, draw to be decided by live lot drawing on 22nd August):
23rd - 24th August: Quarterfinals (2 groups per day for both genders)
25th August: Semi-finals
26th August: Final