1. Nominators must be at least level 7 of either Baidu ISML tieba or Bilibili Moe tieba
2. You can nominate characters that:
2a. Characters from non-longlive animes, that start aired in Japan during Jan 1 ~ Dec 31, 2018
2b. Characters from longlive animes and their OVAs/OADs/SPs/The Movies, that start aired in Japan during same period of 2a, if those characters didn't participate the past BNM tournaments
2c. Characters from the movies, that start aired in Japan during Jan 1 ~ Dec 31, 2017, and for some reasons those movies can't participate BNM 2017
2d. Characters from the movies, that start aired in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and/or their BD/DVD start released during same period of 2a
2e. Characters from new released OVAs/OADs/SPs, that start released during same period of 2a
3. Voters may nominate up to twenty-four (24) characters each.
4. At least two (2) female and two (2) male characters must be included on the ballot.
5. At most seven (7) characters from any given series or franchise may be nominated on the ballot.
6. All nominations have equal weight. There is no ranking of nominations.
7. Invalid nominations on a ballot will be discarded individually and will not void the ballot unless any discard results in that ballot being in violation of rule 3 and/or 4, in which case that ballot will be voided.
8. At the end of the Nomination Period, the characters with the most nominations for each Division will advance into the Main Tournament until the allotted slots are filled.
9. The following sequence of tiebreakers will be used to break ties in favor of the character(s) who fits the stated description: series that are not a continuation of old animes, series that have least characters to participate, series from a season that have least characters to participate, and if a tie persists, defined by staffs.