On August 4-5 it will be time for SBO/Tougeki 2012! Unfortunately BB is not part of it this year but the new fighting game by Atlus and Arcsys, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is!
Here’s a basic rundown for how to qualify for a SBO spot in Japan:
Local Qualifier (Red ticket) > Block Final (Blue Ticket) > SBO!
The number of local qualifiers in an area varies depending on the population, as an example there are usually more qualifiers in the larger cities. This gives anyone who wants a shot at SBO a chance to qualify; You can win multiple local qualifiers in different blocks. The block final is after each local qualifier, where all the winners from the local qualifiers compete for the real spot in SBO.
So, if there were three local qualifiers there will be three people competing against each other for the SBO spot in the block final. A player can lose a qualifier or block final in one area but if they go to a different area and win both events there, they can still compete in SBO.
If you are interested in seeing the players that made it to SBO 2012 for P4U please check out this article! P4U will take place on August 5th and will be streamed on NicoNico. More details on this to come.
Here are the qualifiers sorted by block and then into local qualifier and block finals with the winners listed at the bottom; Some events are in playlists. Note that any qualifiers that happened before the beginning of June are not the most recent patch!
Sources and thanks: Jourdal, pktzn1213, zero3japan, gulliver01uru, nakajoy01, GcomWajiro2, Ruv0324, Tougeki official website