What is Ship Madness?
Ship Madness is a tournament the BNSA Discord server and r/BokunoShipAcademia subreddit run to determine the "best ship" according to our community!
What is Anime Bracket and why do we use it?
Anime Bracket is a website used to hold single-elimination style tournaments. It's simpler and more streamlined than making a billion Strawpolls. Also, it helps prevent vote spamming by requiring a Reddit account that's at least one month old.
Why do I need to login to AnimeBracket with a Reddit account?
AnimeBracket requires login to prevent vote spam and also to verify how old your account is - your Reddit account must be at least one month old to vote.
What is the bracket format?
Nominations - During the nominations phase, users nominate ships to be included into the bracket. The mods manually accept ship nominations so don't be surprised if they don't show up immediately on the roster.
Eliminations - Eliminations is used to pare down the all the original ships into those that will enter the bracket. Currently, only powers of 2 are supported (8, 16, 32, 64, etc). Additionally, these votes are used to determine the seeding order of the final bracket.
Voting - Once all the prep work is done in the nomination and elimination phases, voting proper begins. The ships with the higher number of votes are moved to the next round until only one ship remains.
When do I vote?
This varies per bracket. Generally, the bracket advances daily around midnight EST.
I can't find [some ship] in the bracket!
Scroll to the right as the bracket might be too big to fit on your screen. There should be match-ups on the left and the right side of the page. Use CTRL+F if needed.
How do I vote for other groups?
Voting is limited to one group per day until the bracket reaches the Top 8. This is so people don't get overwhelmed by a poll that requires hundreds of votes, and also so that discussion threads remain focused on a smaller number of matchups. Every day around midnight EST, the bracket is advanced to the next group/round - so if your favorite ship isn't in the current set of matchups and hasn't been eliminated yet, you'll have to wait.
What do I do if I can't decide between two ships/don't want to vote for either ship? You can always not vote for a matchup if you love both equally, hate both equally, or just don't care at all.
What happens if there's a tie? In the chance that a round ends in a tie between two ships, the ship with the higher seed will be chosen as the victor.
SCHEDULE (Voting ends Midnight @ Central Time)
Nominations: 9/12 - 9/19
Elimination/Seeding: 9/19 - 9/21
Round 1A: 9/22 - 9/23
Round 1B: 9/24 - 9/25
Round 1C: 9/26 - 9/27
Round 1D: 9/28 - 9/29
Round 2A: 9/30 - 10/1
Round 2B: 10/2 - 10/3
Round 2C: 10/4 - 10/5
Round 2D: 10/6 - 10/7
Round 3A: 10/8 - 10/9
Round 3B: 10/10 - 10/11
Round 3C: 10/12 - 10/13
Round 3D: 10/14 - 10/15
Quarterfinals - 10/16 - 10/18
Semifinals - 10/19 - 10/21
Finals - 10/22 - 10/24
Bonus Round - 10/25
Format for Ship Submissions
Ship Name (Character 1 x Character 2): Self-explanatory. Same rules as the subreddit/server apply - no illegal ships. No OT3's for this tournament either. IzuOcha, KamiJirou, and TodoMomo are excluded this time because they have won previously. However they will compete in a bonus round with this year's winner.
Post the link to the artist's page (e.g. Twitter, Tumblr, etc.). Aggregate sites like Pinterest do not count!
Link to Picture: Paste the direct link to the image (e.g. ends in .jpg or .png). If the website doesn't allow direct linking of images (e.g. Pixiv), upload the image to Imgur and submit that direct link.
Cirno artwork by GIF