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  1. 36 points
    Day 15 (results, text-only results) 12-3 Se Mitakeumi, Sw Takakeisho 11-4 M8e Okinoumi 10-5 O1w Goeido, M2w Asanoyama, M10w Meisei, M14e Tsurugisho, M16e Yutakayama With the two yokozuna and ozeki Takayasu out, Tochinoshin only held together by his bandages, and Goeido being Goeido, it's been a(nother) tournament for the new generation to make their mark. And that's what we got with the two current frontrunners of this generation - both Takakeisho and Mitakeumi easily dispatched of their senshuraku opponents Okinoumi and Endo, giving us the first-ever playoff involving two lower sanyaku wrestlers. And following another strong showing in their playoff battle the Aki 2019 top division champion is - Mitakeumi! The perennial sekiwake is now part of the rather exclusive club of two-time yusho winners below the rank of ozeki, and its first new member in just over two decades. His victory also completes a full 12 months with all different makuuchi yusho winners. In addition, Mitakeumi was rewarded with one of four special prizes - he was already certain to receive one entering the day, but got to "upgrade" from the kanto-sho to the better regarded shukun-sho with his championship. Another shukun-sho went Asanoyama's way, acknowledging the maegashira's impressive 10 wins in his first ever joi kachikoshi, while a pair of kanto-sho were presented to veteran Okinoumi for his role in the yusho race (with an additional shukun-sho up for grabs, had he won the title), and to top division rookie Tsurugisho who excelled with 10 wins in his debut. Champion Mitakeumi will certainly be considered for promotion to ozeki again in two months, with a likely target of another 12 wins to complete the standard goal of 33 wins. Given his lengthy tenure and track record in sanyaku it's unlikely that he'll be asked to achieve anything more than that, besides "showing good sumo". Whether or not 11 wins for a total of 32 will be deemed sufficient may depend on just who shows up (and stays) in Fukuoka - if it's another yokozuna-less tourney, 11 might not look that hot. He won't be the only one trying to obtain the second-highest rank as about-to-be-demoted Tochinoshin will of course attempt to duplicate former ozeki Tochiazuma's feat of making it back with 10 wins twice. For now his ozeki career came to an end with a loss to Goeido in the tournament's final regulation match, which appeared to be a bit of an afterthought in between two sekiwakes' regular bouts and their playoff encounter. Goeido for his part has finished the basho with respectable 10 wins. Both komusubi Abi and Endo were defeated to end their Aki campaigns, so there should be no doubt that they'll be appearing in Kyushu as komusubi as well. Whether or not they'll be the only ones... Promotion-contending Asanoyama may have made the banzuke committee's job a bit easier by losing to Meisei today; 10 wins from M2w isn't considerably better than results they've already given the thumbs down to in the recent past (9 from M1w, 11 from M3w), so I'm inclined to expect him in the maegashira ranks on the next banzuke. Hokutofuji, however, posted his 8th win in a row against Takarafuji to finish the basho 9-6. The very top-ranked rikishi anywhere - be it M1e, J1e or Ms1e - have tended to receive preferential treatment no matter who's been in charge of the banzuke over the decades, and I just can't fathom that they're going to deny him a spot, especially considering he had posted the same 9 wins already from the M1 West side last time. So, I would expect that we'll be given a 10-rikishi sanyaku featuring 3 ozeki including repromoted Takakeisho as well as 3 komusubi. (My lawyer has advised me to add that this should not be considered as GTB advice...) In any case the new joi-jin will include Daieisho once again following his second straight 8-7 record against top opposition (the ones available anyway), as well as Myogiryu who clinched his kachikoshi against Abi despite missing three days this basho. Okinoumi and resurgent Meisei will also get back up there, and so may Takarafuji who hasn't been seen in the joi in almost two years. 4-4-7 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 0-2-13 kyujo Takayasu O1 Goeido 10-5 (x) 6-9 Tochinoshin O2 12-3 Mitakeumi S Takakeisho 12-3 (o) 9-6 Abi K Endo 8-7 (?) 9-6 Hokutofuji M1 M2 Asanoyama 10-5 (?) 8-7 Daieisho M3 Tomokaze 7-8 7-8 Tamawashi M4 M5 M6 Myogiryu 8-5-2 M7 11-4 Okinoumi M8 Takarafuji 9-6 M9 Kotoyuki 9-6 M10 Meisei 10-5 The results in the low maegashira and high juryo ranks ended up working out much less messily than one would have expected, mostly thanks to successful performances by those on the juryo side. Both Wakatakakage and Daishomaru won on senshuraku to earn promotion-worthy records #3 and #4, and the same number of top division slots is available now - Tochiozan's first appearance in juryo since 2007 was already likely before today, but another loss to Kotoshogiku made completely sure of it, and Azumaryu lost the demotion playoff against Kagayaki, who finally had a convincing match again. Terutsuyoshi extricated himself from the demotion commotion at the last moment, defeating hapless Nishikigi, while Daishoho has a borderline demotable record at 5-10 with today's loss to Shimanoumi (despite the overwhelming historical advantage mentioned yesterday). Tokushoryu and juryo champion Ikioi essentially contested for the right to contest that spot, and that match went the 7-7 high-ranker's way, so it's between Tokushoryu and Daishoho for the final makuuchi spot in Kyushu. Recent trends should favour the incumbent here, but stranger things have happened. Youngster Takagenji is headed back to juryo following back-to-back 4-11 results, while Wakatakakage will be bubbling up to the top flight for the first time after 9 appearances in juryo that included no less than 7 kachikoshi (albeit none better than 9-6). I don't rate his chances too highly as far as avoiding an immediate trip back down goes, but maybe he'll surprise. He will be the second top division-ranked wrestler to come out of Arashio-beya, following Sokokurai (who clinched his kachikoshi today, so a good Day 15 for the stable). The big juryo story of the basho was of course Ikioi's revival. It remains to be seen if he can hold his physical condition together now or if this was just a last hurrah-type of result. (o) 4-11 Terutsuyoshi M9 M10 M11 M12 Daishoho 5-10 (?) (o) 6-9 Kagayaki M13 M14 Toyonoshima 1-9-5 (x) M15 Azumaryu 6-9 (x) M16 Tochiozan 6-9 (x) (x) 4-11 Takagenji M17 --- (o) 8-7 Chiyomaru J1 (o) 10-5 Takanosho J2 (?) 8-7 Tokushoryu J3 Wakatakakage 9-6 (o) J4 (o) 10-5 Daishomaru J5 ... J12 Ikioi 12-3 (x) A lot of rikishi are headed towards spots in the double-digit maegashira ranks for Kyushu, with those in the table joined by Nishikigi (M13w 6-9, three straight losses to end the basho), as well as erstwhile joi members Shodai, Ichinojo and Chiyotairyu who are all set to fall deeply. Some rikishi will end up very lucky here, but it's not at all clear who it will be at first glance. And finally the finishing touches on the situation between juryo and makushita, where the most messy scenario ended up coming about. Akiseyama and Chiyonoo had to battle twice when their initial bout ended inconclusive, and the slight upset was achieved by Akiseyama here to pick up his last-minute kachikoshi, denying Chiyonoo the return to juryo for now. Akiseyama's own return can't be deemed a certainty, however, as Churanoumi collected the crucial 5th win and Irodori also made a final bid to retain his spot in the second division. J5 Takanofuji kyujo (x) J6 J7 Yoshikaze 0-0-5 (i) ... J11 Chiyonoumi 2-13 (x) (x) 2-7-6 Seiro J12 (?) 6-9 Irodori J13 (x) 5-10 Asagyokusei J14 (o) 6-1 Wakamotoharu Ms1 (o) 6-1 Akua Ms2 Chiyonoo 3-4 (x) Ms3 Ms4 Kototebakari 4-3 (o) (o) 4-3 Hoshoryu Ms5 Akiseyama 4-3 (?) (?) 5-2 Churanoumi Ms6 Ms7 Chiyootori 5-2 (??) Barring major precedent-breaking decisions such as treating Chiyootori as more worthy than Akiseyama (or even than Hoshoryu), the first four KK on the ranking should be safe for promotion. Hoshoryu could well be seen as a worse candidate than Churanoumi, but even then he'd still be in line for one of the 5 definitely available spots. So, it should come down to two out of Irodori / Akiseyama / Churanoumi to complete the division. Churanoumi is of course outside the top 5 zone which tends to bring penalties, but we saw promotions with even worse rank/record combinations not that long ago when the juryo results demanded it. However, Irodori's position is significantly better than that of any of the demotees back there in Hatsu 2018, so he could well survive. The good news is that Irodori's fate is really the only variable here - we'll find out the names of the promoted rikishi by Wednesday, and their number will tell us whether or not he hung on. My personal guess is that he drops and both Akiseyama and Churanoumi get to go back to juryo, but it's not something I'd tell you to bet your life savings on. Either way we should be getting two fresh faces for juryo with Kototebakari (surely under a new shikona) and Hoshoryu. Both talents have moved up the banzuke at comparable speed, having taken 11 and 10 ranked tournaments respectively with each wrestler scoring just one 3-4 makekoshi along the way. We'll see if they're already good enough to hold their own in the paid ranks or if a bit more seasoning will be required. Lastly, the makuuchi playoff of course wasn't the only one to be contested on senshuraku. The jonidan winner was still to be determined, and while recent makushitan Aomihama managed to defend against Motobayashi's initial onslaught off the tachiai, he gave up morozashi soon after and found himself across the bales in a matter of seconds. Second divisional yusho for Motobayashi, 20 won matches including the unofficial ones in maezumo and playoffs. I do suspect that upper sandanme will prove somewhat tougher for him, but he should be ranked high enough that 5 wins in Kyushu will get him to makushita for January. Aomihama for his part will appear near the very bottom of sandanme, where he could well be a threat for another 7-0 if no other rikishi with comparable pedigrees happen to be ranked in his vicinity. As always thanks for reading and discussing all the promotion/demotion goings-on, let's do it all again in November.
  2. 31 points
    Visited Musashigawa beya today as Konishiki's guest. Excellent asageiko, very serious even though it's mid basho. Not all out, but the boys were serious anyway. We even had some chanko and other stuff. Musashimaru is a totally relaxed and good humored person. Most of the time I couldn't believe I was there, talking sumo with these guys. It was another experience.
  3. 30 points
    And finally... Day 15 (results, text-only results) 14-1 Yw Hakuho 13-2 --- 12-3 --- 11-4 K2w Asanoyama, M10w Shodai 10-5 M12w Takanosho, M13w Kagayaki The musubi no ichiban was a lengthy match, but one could be excused for not finding it very interesting anyway, and not only because the yusho was decided already - champion Hakuho collected his 14th win by patiently outwaiting ozeki Takakeisho in a deep belt grip, clearly never at risk of actually losing from there. Takakeisho thus missed out on finishing the basho with the ozeki-expected double-digit wins, but given the severe doubts that he would be able to participate at all after the pectoral injury he suffered two months ago, it's surely been a successful basho for him. Three more rikishi entered the day on 9-5, with Kagayaki and Takanosho both earning their first top division 10+ wins records, while Chiyomaru fell short; it would have been his first time as well. All in all just five makuuchi rikishi reached 10-5 or better this time, the fewest in almost 15 years and only the second time below six since the division was expanded to 42 spots back in 2004. Hakuho's championship by three wins up on the field is the first since Aki 2018, which unsurprisingly was won by him, too. Three sansho were awarded for the final basho of 2019. A well-deserved gino-sho went to Hakuho's closest challenger Asanoyama, who should be at least on an unofficial low-key ozeki run next basho following 21 wins in Aki and Kyushu. This is his first gino-sho, and he's now in the semi-select club of rikishi who have won each of the three special prizes at least once. Shodai was nominated for a kanto-sho on the condition of defeating Asanoyama on senshuraku, and he duly did so to earn the prize (and a share of the jun-yusho, of course). I was a bit surprised by that, given that 11 wins by a low-ranked rikishi who's normally a joi-in mainstay aren't usually getting much sansho attention, and I didn't feel his involvement in the yusho race was all that noteworthy either. (While he started the basho off with 4 wins, he was down to just 5-3 on nakabi and didn't get back to a share of the second-best record until Day 12, when things were nearly decided already.) In any case, this is Shodai's third kanto-sho, the only sansho type he has been decorated with so far. And lastly a shukun-sho for defeating yusho winner Hakuho was awarded to this year's surprise package Daieisho, who has collected his first-ever prize with that. He was also senshuraku's one big winner in the race for the sanyaku spots, even though he himself didn't actually win - rather, Daieisho was flung down by Enho and got stuck at 8 wins after all, but the other results of the day played into his hands. His Oitekaze stablemate Endo surprisingly lost a 7-7 decider to resurgent Kotoyuki and joined Hokutofuji in 7-8 makekoshi territory, and one bout later sekiwake Mitakeumi fell to 6-9 in a close loss to komusubi Abi. Consequently there are now just four "proper" candidates for the Hatsu basho sanyaku slots: Asanoyama, Takayasu, Abi and Daieisho. As was already mentioned in other comments above, it would be exceedingly unusual for Mitakeumi to not get dropped to a maegashira position on his 6-9 record, and retaining 7-8 komusubi (one or both) without a pressing need would be nearly as odd. The above-mentioned Jiji Press claim notwithstanding, I don't really buy the idea that Abi moving up to sekiwake is an obviously done deal. There's no pressing need to do that, either, even if getting stuck at komusubi again would be rather unlucky for him. (But then that's happened to others even with 10 wins before, and even with his back-to-back 9-6's Abi wouldn't be the first.) I guess we'll see if the press outlets keep insinuating such a decision after Wednesday's banzuke-making conference. The one possible reason to create a fifth sanyaku rikishi would be to avoid having to cut the titled ranks by three slots in one go, which otherwise would obviously introduce significant (but not insurmountable, IMHO) distortions in the maegashira ranks. There have only ever been three banzuke whose sanyaku differed in size that much from the preceding one: It went from 13 to 10 following Hatsu 1958 (involving a double yokozuna retirement), from 14 to 11 after Natsu 1962, and conversely from 9 to 12 after Nagoya 1960. Needless to say, some of those slot counts alone should indicate that that was a very different banzuke-making era. Nevertheless, an 8-man sanyaku would be quite unusual even for the current era of very restrictive sanyaku assignments - however, it's difficult to discern any possible intent when there's been a lack of opportunity to begin with: The most recent such ranking was the one for Kyushu 2005, but there's only been one basho with just 4 Y/O since then, Aki 2011, and that banzuke had inherited three kachikoshi sekiwake from the previous basho, so an 8-sanyaku lineup was not an option. In other words, we're entering mostly uncharted territory here. In any case, if there are 9 sanyaku on the Hatsu banzuke, I'd be very surprised if the beneficiary is somebody other than Myogiryu, who clinched his kachikoshi against Onosho on the final day, having won five of his last six matches. (Incidentally, what a pushout festival in 7-7 matchups that was on Sunday...) 0-1-14 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 14-1 0-2-13 Goeido O1 Takayasu 3-5-7 (x) 9-6 Takakeisho O2 (x) 6-9 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 2-3-10(x) 9-6 Abi K1 Endo 7-8 (x) (x) 7-8 Hokutofuji K2 Asanoyama 11-4 (o) 8-7 Daieisho M1 (?) 8-7 Myogiryu M2 M3 8-7 Tamawashi M4 Kotoyuki 8-7 ... M10 Shodai 11-4 The promotion race in juryo finished with another day of strong results, and consequently we now have six very qualified candidates, most importantly top-ranked Tokushoryu who completed a four-day quest to achieve his kachikoshi from 4-7. J5's Kaisei and Kiribayama both moved up to 11-4 records. We did already know that 5 top division slots would be available for sure, so the question now is: Will they let poor Tomokaze survive? It could well have significant implications for how far he's going to fall until he's ready to come back to action. (However, they could conceivably also demote him to J1 this time and then go easy on him next time and put him at the bottom of juryo rather than straight into makushita.) Anyway, four promotions are clear, those of Azumaryu and Tochiozan (both back up after one juryo tournament), Kaisei (after two), and Ikioi (after four). The remaining two slots will have to be decided between Tomokaze, Tokushoryu and Kiribayama. The committee tends to go very much by the numbers these days, so I'm inclined to believe that Kiribayama's +3 wins will trump any possible extra credit Tokushoryu might receive for being J1. If so, the lanky Mongolian would be set to make his makuuchi debut at the young age of 23. I do have the feeling that he could use a little more seasoning, but then again who really saw Wakatakakage starting off with four straight wins this basho after he'd never even scored a 10-5 in juryo? As for the last spot, your guess is as good as mine. I think I'll be expecting Tokushoryu to get stuck in juryo, but that's not a firm opinion at all. M3 Tomokaze 0-3-12(?) ... (x) kyujo Ichinojo M12 M13 M14 Nishikigi 4-11 (x) (x) 5-10 Daishomaru M15 Daishoho 3-12 (x) (x)4-1-10 Wakatakakage M16 --- (o) 11-4 Azumaryu J1 Tokushoryu 8-7 (?) (o) 10-5 Tochiozan J2 (o) 11-4 Ikioi J3 Chiyoshoma 8-7 8-7 Hidenoumi J4 (o) 11-4 Kaisei J5 Kiribayama 11-4 (?) J6 J7 Kotonowaka 10-5 A quick look at the likely composition of the next juryo shows a sizable hole below J2w after ranking the one guy who's not going to be in makuuchi, Chiyoshoma, Hidenoumi and Kotonowaka, so the rikishi coming down from the maegashira ranks could be getting some very lucky small-sized demotions. Even Ichinojo might, I've provisionally pencilled him in at J6w which would only be a 10-rank drop rather than the more customary 12 or 13. The race for the bottom juryo spots played out towards relatively straight-forward results. Bottom-ranked Irodori finished kachikoshi at the last opportunity, quickly overwhelming veteran Sokokurai, while rookie Hoshoryu went into close combat with makushita visitor Sakigake and soon threw him to the ground for his safety-clinching 7th win. Both J11's Kaisho and Wakamotoharu managed to dress up their records with another win, but still only ended their Kyushu campaign with matching 5-10 scores. By ordinary standards this should be a straight-forward exchange of five eminently demotable juryo rikishi against four makushita guys with strong records and another with a perfectly acceptable one. However, the decisions in there have not exactly been "normal" of late, so I suppose it's possible that Sakigake's senshuraku loss will see him passed over for promotion. The only option to benefit from that would be Kaisho. I'm rather struggling to see that as a realistic scenario, though, as it would not only be unusual to let such a bad score survive when a perfectly cromulent promotion candidate exists, but it would also feel rather weird to treat the two same-score J11's so differently when it's not dictated by unavoidable circumstances. J6 Ichiyamamoto 0-2-13(x) ... (?) 5-10 Kaisho J11 Wakamotoharu 5-10 (x) J12 Gagamaru 1-12-2(x) J13 Hoshoryu 7-8 (o) (x) 5-10 Akiseyama J14 Irodori 8-7 (o) (o) 4-3 Churanoumi Ms1 Chiyootori 4-3 (o) (o) 5-2 Asagyokusei Ms2 (?) 4-3 Sakigake Ms3 Ms4 Ms5 ... Ms10 Terunofuji 7-0 (o) And lastly a quick summary of the remaining yusho decisions. Juryo ended up with a four-way tie for the lead, the first since Aki 2017. Kaisei defeated Kotonowaka in the one solitary head-to-head match among the leaders, followed on the torikumi by victories for Kiribayama, Ikioi and Azumaryu, while Tochiozan fell out of contention. The ensuing two-round playoff saw easy victories for Azumaryu over Ikioi who had suffered a head wound in his regular bout, as well as for Kaisei over Kiribayama. The final was very nearly decided in quick fashion in Kaisei's favour, but Azumaryu managed to circle around the tawara, secured a strong left-hand outside grip in the process and soon got the victory by uwatenage. It's the 32-year-old veteran's first championship in any division. In jonidan, rookie Hokutenkai surprised by not only holding his own against Murata who'd nearly made it to juryo before, but actually taking charge of the bout and winning by yorikiri in quite decisive fashion. And down in jonokuchi the three-way playoff played out in largely expected fashion with Otsuji repeating first his Day 5 win over Yutakanami and then his Day 9 defeat against Tosamidori, before the latter also easily dispatched Yutakanami to complete the tomoe-sen. So, victory for the favourite here. All in all, four divisional yusho were won by foreign-shusshin rikishi this basho, the first time that has happened since Hatsu 2013. I think that's all from here, thanks for reading if you've actually made it all the way to the end of this post.
  4. 27 points
    Fun day at the kkan. Even met a forum member. My seat was so up high in the bleachers my eyes went home before me. Atmosphere was fantastic as far as I could tell without much oxygen up there in the mountains. Tochinoshin, Enhou, Aoyama, Takakeishou and Abi made me shout out loud. Yumitorishiki was awesome. The udon near the stadium was in the soup. Good weather.
  5. 23 points
    Final Day- last video by me as promised, finally..
  6. 22 points
    Asanoyama won the first Yusho of the Reiwa era and became the third young japanese talent of his generation to win a yusho. My goal with this thread is to look at the career of the best rikishi from this generation and update the thread to follow their progress. Can those young japanese rikishi break through and reach the highest ranks ? YUSHO WINNERS These guys are the head of the spear, three of them already managed to win a yusho. Takakeisho Mitsunobu (22) - Chiganoura beya Highest rank : Ozeki 1 Yusho, 2 Jun Yusho , 8 special prizes (3 Gino-sho, 3 Shukun-sho , 2 Kanto-sho) 3 kinboshi 175 cm 169 kg Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi Takakeisho is the second of his generation to win a yusho and the first to become Ozeki. While his first tournament at the rank was cut short because of a knee injury he is arguably the most promissing talent of this generation as for now. Winning so many prizes, a Yusho and reaching the second highest rank in sumo at just 22 is not common. Can Takakeisho go any higher ? Strengths: Great oshi attack, good power, good balance, great mental strength. Weaknesses: Small size and short arms, lacks skills on the belt. Mitakeumi Hisashi (26) - Dewanoumi-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 1 Yusho, 7 Special prizes (2 Gino-sho, 4 Shukun-sho ,1 Kanto-sho) 2 kinboshi 180 cm, 175 kg Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi Mitakeumi is the first rikishi of this generation to win a yusho, he is been in sanyaku for 15 consecutive basho as for now. He's been a the top for the major part of his makuuchi career, a testament to how good and regular he's been but it also shows he lacks the extra something needed to make the next step. Always favourite to become the next ozeki he's never been on a serious run yet, can he reach that next level ? Strengths : Great all-around sumo, started as an oshi guy but can do good yotsu-zumo as well. Weaknesses: lacks the extra something needed to get double digit wins. Asanoyama Hideki (25)- Takasago-beya Highest Rank: M1E 1 Yusho 4 special prizes ( 1 Shukun-Sho, 3 Kanto-sho) 187 cm 177 kg Favourite style : Migi yotsu-yori Asanoyama is the third of the generation to win a yusho and it took him just 11 tournaments to do so. Asanoyama had double digits wins a couple of times in the past but also had inconsistent results which explained why he has not reached sanyaku yet.The changes he made to his regime and lifestyle seem to have paid off, he has the talent can he exploit it and become consistent ? Strengths: good size and power, strong yotsu attack, can use oshi attacks as well Weaknesses: inconsistent, yet to show what he can do at a high rank. Interesting prospects These guys are yet to win a yusho but have shown they have a great potential Abi Masatora (25)- Shikoroyama beya Highest rank: Komusubi 2 kanto-sho 2 kinboshi 187 cm 150 kg favourite style : Tsuki/oshi Despite using an unconventional and one dimensional style, Abi has shown he belongs to the top of Makuuchi. He knows his weaknesses and strengths and is making the best out his unusual body type. Is it enough to reach the next level though ? Strengths: speed, lively attack, great footwork at the hedge Weaknesses: mostly an oshi guy so no skill on the belt, lacks power compared to some other oshi specialists. Hokutofuji Daiki (26) Hakkaku-Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 1 Jun-Yusho 1 Gino-sho 5 kinboshi 184cm 163 kg favourite style : Oshi Injuries delayed his rise but Hokutofuji eventually fought his way back to the top of the banzuke, recently made his sanyaku debut. His 5 kinboshi show that he can beat the top dogs but he is still limited and lacks the consistency to make it to the next level. Can he finds a way to do it ? Strengths : Good size, great fighting spirit, good nodowa attack Weaknesses: Predictable, lacks belt skills, not consistent enough. Onosho Fumiya (22) Oonomatsu- Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 3 Kanto-sho 1 kinboshi 177cm 160 kg Style : Tsuki oshi Onosho has been rather disapointing lately but let's not forget he is just 23, had been slowed down by injuries, and what his rival Takakeisho has done is not common at all. Onosho is young, he'll probably bounce back and go back to the top. But just how high can he go ? Strengths: explosive tachi ai, good oshi attack, can use a bit of yotsu weaknesses: goes head first without looking, balance could be better, young and not consistent Shodai Noya (27) Tokitsukaze-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Kanto-sho 1 Kinboshi 184 cm, 165 kg Style : Migi Yotsu yori Shodai is one of the oldest rikishi of his generation and we can often forget that he once was the "next-ozeki", even though he didn't return to sanyaku once since his demotion from the ranks, he's been able to stay close to the top. Shodai is way too good for middle-lower makuuchi but gets murdered by the top dogs. Can he actually become the next ozeki one day ? Strengths : good size, decent at the hedge, good when he can actually gets the belt. Weaknesses: No charisma, no mental strength, terrible tachi ai Daieisho Hayato (25) Oitekaze-beya Highest rank M2E 181 cm 160 Kg Style : Oshi-tsuki Daieisho is not the first name you think of first when you list the prospects of this generation, for some he may not be a name you even list. He never won any prize or fancy awards, but he's been around for a bit now, made his way to the top and has been performing well lately. Can he actually start winning fancy prizes and reach sanyaku ? Strengths: Speed, good footwork and oshi-attack Weaknesses: no belt skill, lacks power and charisma Intriguing prospects these rikishi seem to have potential but are yet to confirm it at the highest ranks of the banzuke. Meisei Chikara (23) Tatsunami beya Highest rank M4E 180 kg 150 kg Style: Hidari yotsu-yori Meisei is yet to win any prize but at just 23 he's been steadily improving and climbing up the ranks, his first double digit basho came at his highest ever rank which is a testament to his progress. Can he continue to improve and show good sumo at the highest ranks ? Strengths: All around sumo, his size and weight allow him to have both power and speed. Weeknesses: Too eager and sometimes charges head on without looking, yet to show what he is worth at the top of the banzuke. Tomokaze Yuta (24 ) Oguruma beya Highest rank M7W 183 cm 180 kg Style : Tsuki oshi Tomokaze has climbed his way to the top division at the speed of light and started his career with a wonderful KK streak. Can he continue to win for the rest of his career ? Strengths: Great power, great body, good oshi and is being taught a few tricks by veterans Takekaze and Yoshikaze. Weaknesses: Has a tendency to go backward a lot for someone with his size and power. Takagenji Satoshi (22) Chiganoura Beya Highest rank M10W 191cm 172kg Style Tsuki-Oshi With his size, talent and power and such a young age and Takanohana's influence gone, Takagenji has everything to succeed in Makuuchi, can he emulate his stablemate Takakeisho ? Strengths: Literally every tools he needs to be a force in makuuchi Incredible size and body, is starting to add skills on the belt, good balance. Weaknesses : Still a bit raw, suffered form the downsides of Takanohana's influence. Enho Akira (24) Miyagino beya Highest rank M14 W 168 cm 99 kg Style : Acrobatic ninja ( hidari yotsu, shitatenage...) Hakuho's young protegé made it all the way to the top division despite his small size and light weight and has showned he could hold his own against makuuchi rikishi during his first basho in the top division, can he continue to use his small size an advantage in the long term ? Strengths: Incredible technique, speed, inconventional style that the bigger guys hate Weaknesses: Has to fight guys twice his size which can be exhausting and dangerous (already got injured and we all have ura in mind) his small size is going to hold him back regardless of how well he exploits it. Terutsuyoshi Shoki (24 ) Isegahama Highest rank M14E 169 cm 116 kg Style : acrobatic ninja ( migi-maemitsu/nage ) Terutsuyoshi, like Enho is one of those smaller technicians that are making their way up to the top division. He has a bit more exprerience than Enho in the top division so far but is yet to win more than 6 despite getting some quality wins when his plan is working. Can he have a better career than Ishiura ? Strengths: Quick, powerful for his size, can use every technique and tricks in the book flawlessly. Weaknesses : same as Enho's his small size is going to hold in back and his acrobatic style puts him in danger to get injured every bout. Disappointing prospects These rikishi had some hope placed on them but failed to deliver so far. Yutakayama Ryota (25) Tokitsukaze Beya Highest rank M2E 1 Jun Yusho, 1 Kanto-sho 185 cm 175 kg Style: Tsuki oshi Yutakayama actually reached the jo-i ranks twice, finished second once and won a kanto-sho which is not bad on paper but he's been terrible at least twice as much as he's been good... His bow his so terrible that wish he would win more so we don't have to see it that often. Can he actually put his act together ? Strengths : Big body, actually decent when his legs are moving and he is going forward. Weaknesses: still very raw, no belt skills, poor balance, sometimes just slaps with his arms but no leg movement at all. Very emotional. Yago Takanori (24 ) Oguruma beya Highest rank M10w 187cm 178 kg style : Hidari yotsu-yori Yago made his makuuchi only recently but despite a good first basho he hit the wall pretty fast, at least he made it to makuuchi unlike his "rival" Mitoryu and I think he'll manage to stick around. Can he do better than just sticking around ? Strengths: Big body, power, looks good when he gets the belt. Weaknesses : Still very very raw, poor balance, slow, is pulling a lot for someone his size. Kagayaki Taishi (24 )Takadagawa Highest rank M4w 193 cm 170 kg Style: Tsuki oshi Kagayaki is only 24 but has been in the top division for a bit already, despite that he's always been MR.Average, he's not shown many improvements and actually turned into MR.Mediocre lately. He's looked completely lost and clueless lately. Can he find his style and turn things around ? Strengths: Big body, average at everything Weaknesses: Poor balance, no signs of improvements, seems to be clueless on what's his own style of sumo
  7. 22 points
    A rare treat in Sandanme, the first mitokorozeme for just over 8 years, courtesy of Kaishu.
  8. 22 points
    Aminishiki's interview, feel free to correct my mistakes, my skills as a translator are far from perfect :) On his retirement "I finally found the strength to stop. There are some regretful parts of course but I did what I had to do. I've accepted it all so as a result I don't feel any regret. I went to the hospital to get advice about my knee but I can't do the sumo I have in mind anymore so I thought it'd be unreasonable to continue" On the talks with Igegahama oyakata " "I'm going to retire" I told him. He was worried about my feelings and told me I could still mount the dohyo one last time if I wanted to. But for me it was ok to end it like this and not come back for one last match. I don't have anything to regret" On when he had 'the talk" whith his oyakata "Two days ago in the afternoon maybe ? I was told to take some time to think about it" On why he is still going to the training ground even though he decided to retire. "It's honbasho for everybody. I can't be the only one around slacking off. It's also in order to heal my injured knee. I want to continue to do my best from now on moving my body and training with the young guys" You've been able to overcome injuries so far, was that last injury the "fatal one"? "Basho where you are injured are not that different from each other but it's gradual slope. The spots where you hurt change. I've always embraced it but this time I injured that right knee yet again. Can you do it one more time ? I asked myself. This time I couldn't" Were you troubled/worried before making a decision ? "I guess I made my decision from the start. "One more time, just one more time"I was saying to myself, then I started to think about what's after for the first time. What would I do if I go back there and get injured again ? I started to think about things I never thought about before. Your last opponent turned out to be Ryuko. "I think it's nice, to have fought my last fight against Ryuko. To finish my career against such a young kid. I thought I could execute the throw but I couldn't and the next thing I know is I was looking at the ceiling. It was good sumo wasn't it ? I have no regrets. It's good that I could fight with a young rikishi like him. The great Yokozuna Takanohana passed me the baton before, now I am passing it back to a young guy, I think it's a beautiful thing !" https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201907160000256.html
  9. 21 points
    Ever since I discovered sumo for myself, I was fascinated by kimarite - the rarer, the better, and we all know that there is a bewildering variety of strange kimarite. At the same time, I must admit that I am completely befuddled by exactly that bewildering variety. Not only that, I am also quite clueless as to the average kimarite on an average day (I tested this the other day by watching one of Moti's videos and tried to predict the kimarite as I saw the bouts - I got less than 20% correct, and we are talking here about mostly yorikiri, oshidashi etc.). Therefore I embarked on a project which had the goal for me to learn more about the relations between different kimarite. I found this great NHK source which shows videos of almost all kimarite (with basho bouts and staged training bouts including an English explanation).I learnt quite a bit from this source. Yet at the same time, I realized that my visual skills and my anatomical knowledge are simply too limited - I am terribly bad in actually seeing what's going on on the dohyo in breakneck speed. So I decided to take an approach that is much more to my abilities. My idea was to learn about the relations between kimarite by collecting kimarite stats about rikishi. Ideally, I would have taken all bouts with kimarite information of all rikishi from SumoDB, but this would taken years to collect when I was only willing to spend days on it. So, rather than processing all kimarite of all rikishi, I only looked up the kimarite profiles of the 250 rikishi with most recorded wins (taken from this list). Moreover, I compiled a list of 29 additional rikishi who were having a high number of rare kimarite. While 279 rikishi (out of a total of 7258 rikishi with kimarite information) does not sound like good coverage, these 279 rikishi were involved in a total of 139197 bout with valid kimarite, thus representing about a quarter of all kimarite-associated bouts in the database. Fairly representative, I'd hope. My Excel sheets had the names of the 279 rikishi in my list as rows, and the 79 different kimarite (excluding non-kimarite like fumidashi, koshikudake, tsukite etc.) as columns. Each cell then shows how often a given rikishi had a win with a given kimarite. Then I computed pairwise correlations among all combinations of kimarite (columns) which resulted in a 79 x 79 matrix. I then converted the correlation coefficients into distance scores. From this point onwards, my truly statistics-versed colleague Lisa took over (huge thanks to her!!), and at my request she performed a statistical technique called multidimensional scaling which tries to convert a complex, 79 x 79 matrix as best as possible into a two-dimensional representation, in other words: into some kind of map. You can see the outcome of this map below. Here is how the map can be read: If two kimarite on the map are in close proximity to each other, they tend to be highly positively correlated. This means that when rikishi often (or rarely) used the one kimarite, they also often (or rarely) used the other kimarite. Conversely, a large distance on the map generally means that high counts for one kimarite are typically associated with low counts for the other kimarite (in other words, these kimarite are negatively correlated and seem to be quite dissimilar). And the map looks like this (you might get an enlarged version by clicking on it): Based on another statistical technique which I will not further bore you with, the data seem to indicate that the kimarite can be divided into five different clusters. So I (or rather, Lisa) requested the algorithms to identify five areas in this map that "somehow" belong together. The different colors in which kimarite names appear on this map represents this attempt to cluster the techniques. Just to remind you, this approach is 100% data-driven. The computer is obviously totally oblivious about anything to do with kimarite, it also cannot and does not know that "yorikiri" and "yoritaoshi" start with the same letters, and therefore should be better placed close to each other; the algorithm just looks for patterns. Nonetheless, many of these knowledge-free, data-driven categorizations and localizations on the map make sense to me. First, the algorithm discovered a cluster (in yellow) that has all the well-known oshi and tsuki techniques in relatively close vicinity, but also threw hatakikomi and tsukiotoshi into the mix. Sounds reasonable to me. I was particularly pleased with the second cluster (color-coded in black) which represents the most common techniques starting with "okuri-", not too distant from the oshi/tsuki cluster. Third, very distant from all the oshi stuff there is the large green cluster in the upper left corner, and it contains the common yotsu techniques (yorikiri, yoritaoshi, but as I expected, not too far from abisetaoshi and tsuridashi). I was also quite happy that kotenage, kimedashi, and kimetaoshi were grouped into the green cluster. One thing that surprised me (but still is in the data) is that uwatenage, uwatedashinage, and uwatehineri were farther apart than I thought (uwatedashinage was even sorted into a different cluster). Fourth, there is the blue cluster in the lower left. Apart from the quite spaced triple shitatenage/shitatedashinage/shitatehineri it contains many leg trips (among the common leg trip, only sotogake was sorted into the green cluster). I don’t know whether there is some physical reality into the assumption (suggested by the data) that uwate- techniques come closer to yotsu-zumo than shitate- techniques, and apparently that sotogake is closer to classical yotsu-zumo than uchigake. Maybe those with "real" sumo knowledge can chime in. Finally, there is the big red cluster in the middle of the map. While being closer to yotsu-zumo than oshi-zumo, the central position indicates that the red techniques are related (or rather: unrelated) to all other clusters to a similar extent. I was a bit disappointed that so many ultra-rare, exotic - and potentially different? - kimarite are lumped together here, but again, maybe those with better knowledge may still assess whether relative places within the red cluster make sense (e.g., is it justified to have tsukaminage much closer to standard yotsu than, say, ipponzeoi?). But now I have blabbered enough. What do you think?
  10. 19 points
  11. 19 points
    Someone sent me a message saying he would like to buy me a ticket to the basho as a token of appreciation for my channel. I said OK and we met at the entrance. It turns out he is a young Mongolian living in Japan and we had a great time. Last night I had dinner with a couple from Pourtsmouth whom I never met before, who found my channel as well. The kkan was definitely not sold out, and I'd say there were at least a thousand empty seats. Maybe people just didn't show up but they were quite a lot. The second half of Makuuchi was exciting. Juryo was pretty boring except when Aminishiki and Toyonoshima mounted. I got a bit closer than last time but still got dizzy from the heights of the sights. Tomorrow I should have some news about something fun.. Tokyo is great.
  12. 18 points
    Day 15 (results, text-only results) 14-1 Ye Kakuryu 13-2 --- 12-3 Yw Hakuho, M16w Terutsuyoshi 14-1 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 12-3 3-5-7 Goeido O1 Takayasu 8-3-4 (x) kyujo Takakeisho O2 Tochinoshin 0-6-9 The two yokozuna gave the assembled audience their money's worth in the musubi no ichiban, with a lengthy battle in which Kakuryu nevertheless always seemed to be a step ahead of Hakuho, and ultimately prevailed in decisive fashion. It's Kakuryu's 6th top division yusho, and he has now won championships in all four honbasho venues (and only needs January to complete the basho set, too). Hakuho had to settle for the runner-up position, and in fact it's his first jun-yusho in two and a half years - but of course he's had seven yusho in between. Also a 12-3 runner-up: Terutsuyoshi, who won almost too easily on senshuraku against fellow surprise package Tomokaze. It's the first jun-yusho from the very last spot on the makuuchi banzuke since Toyohibiki did it almost 10 years ago. For his efforts in Nagoya Terutsuyoshi was also awarded a kanto-sho special prize - not bad for somebody who arguably deserved to be demoted two months ago and only hung on through a lucky banzuke constellation. Next basho should see him at a maegashira rank high enough that he won't be facing most of the double-digit guys, so things will be quite a bit tougher. And, of course, other rikishi are warned now. Other sansho went to Tomokaze, a shukun-sho for his excellent performance in general and the kinboshi over champion Kakuryu in particular, and to Endo and Enho who both received the gino-sho. Endo's is arguably the now-standard "we need to give the joi guy something more prestigious than the kanto-sho" award, but it's refreshing to see the other one to Enho actually get awarded on technical merit. For those worried that he's going to amass a bunch of ill-gotten prizes in the future, I'm reasonably sure the sansho committee has got it out of their system now and they won't just give him one anytime he's kachikoshi. Endo was also one of two other big winners on the dohyo on senshuraku after he survived a nearly impossible position against Hokutofuji, eventually decided their match in his favour and took over #1 priority for sanyaku promotions. That became crucial a few bouts later when Abi decided to put aside opponent Kotoshogiku with the smart-but-lame henka to secure his last-minute kachikoshi and continued presence in sanyaku. He's almost certainly not joining sekiwake incumbent Mitakeumi, however, who himself finished the basho on a (somewhat) high note with his 9th win against Shimanoumi, an easily attained victory. 9-6 Mitakeumi S Tamawashi 5-10 (x) 8-7 Abi K Ryuden 4-11 (x) M1 Hokutofuji 9-6 8-7 Aoiyama M2 Endo 10-5 (o) M3 Daieisho 8-7 M4 Ichinojo 9-6 M5 M6 M7 Tomokaze 11-4 My expectations are in line with the recent and not so recent trends - that is, no promotion to sekiwake for Abi because 8 wins just don't cut it to force an extra slot, and no promotion to komusubi for Hokutofuji, because that's how they roll these days. It's already the second time he would miss out unluckily, following a M3w 11-4 -> M1e move after Kyushu 2017. Endo for his part will be in sanyaku for the second time after Natsu 2018, hopefully with a better result than the injury-marred 3-10-2 record he posted back then. Of the three lower maegashira on the bubble, only one was successful on Day 15: Tochiozan weathered Shohozan's tsuppari barrage briefly and then quickly ousted him from the dohyo for his potentially crucial 5th win. Chiyomaru and Takagenji both lost easily, and find themselves below Tochiozan in the final demotion queue accounting. 10 losses for Takagenji from 4-1... The juryo division results saw a pair of rikishi secure their returns to the top division at the finish line: Azumaryu and Ishiura collected important wins at the expense of Arawashi and Mitoryu, respectively. While Ishiura will be returning to the top flight immediately after last basho's demotion, it's the end of a 29-basho stint below makuuchi for Azumaryu. As mentioned earlier, this should be the second-slowest return in history, behind only Satoyama who was out for 37 tournaments before his return in 2014. M10 Takagenji 4-11 (?) (x) kyujo Yoshikaze M11 (?) 5-10 Tochiozan M12 (x) 5-10 Chiyomaru M13 M14 (x) 4-11 Yago M15 Kaisei 1-10-4 (x) M16 J1 Azumaryu 8-7 (o) (o) 9-6 Ishiura J2 (?) 8-7 Chiyoshoma J3 Yutakayama 9-6 (o) 8-7 Wakatakakage J4 Takanosho 9-6 (?) J5 (o) 13-2 Tsurugisho J6 J7 (?) 11-4 Daiamami J8 The four marked rikishi should all be certain promotions given that there are three obvious demotions and Chiyomaru's rank/record combination is also easily bad enough to throw him out of makuuchi. Things look a lot more tricky after that. I'm inclined to give the lucky nod to both Tochiozan and Takagenji at this time, since their scores are close enough to non-demotion territory that it doesn't take that much leniency to let them stay. It would also save the committee from having to decide which one or two candidates in the Chiyoshoma/Takanosho/Daiamami trio deserve to replace them, and my impression has long been that they like to take the easy way out in such situations. At any rate, if they do decide to have a 5th promotion, it's almost certainly going to be Takanosho for Takagenji. I won't venture a guess for who would replace Tochiozan; arguments can be made either way for Chiyoshoma and Daiamami. With Azumaryu winning his final match it was simultaneously bad news for Arawashi who needed to win in that bout to avoid leaving juryo in the opposite direction. Fellow J10 Chiyonoumi did succeed in saving himself with a victory over Kyokushuho - as bad as the first 10 days mostly were, the 4-1 stretch at the end showed Chiyonoumi at his best. I'm still hoping that he can turn into somebody who does more than make up the numbers in juryo - the technique is all there, just power is lacking against too many opponents. Rookie Kotonowaka will also feature in juryo again in September after completing a 6-2 stretch to kachikoshi from 2-5 down. The final shiroboshi came against makushitan Wakamotoharu who thus finished only 5-2, which may come back to bite him on Wednesday in the banzuke-making session... (o) 6-9 Chiyonoumi J10 Arawashi 5-10 (?) J11 Aminishiki 0-3-8 (i) J12 Ryuko 4-11 (x) J13 (x) 4-11 Akiseyama J14 Kotonowaka 8-7 (o) (o) 5-2 Seiro Ms1 Irodori 4-3 (o) Ms2 (o) 4-3 Tamaki Ms3 Ms4 Kaisho 4-3 Ms5 Wakamotoharu 5-2 (?) ...or it might not, as I also tend to believe that they'll have four promotions. It may be to Arawashi's detriment that he's the only J10 with 5 wins now - if both had the same score, one could imagine the committee looking at them as a package deal of sorts and deciding that it's either keep 'em both or drop 'em both. Given the relatively weak ranks/results by Kaisho and Wakamotoharu, that could have easily gone in favour of the juryo incumbents. Now that it's just straight up Arawashi vs Wakamotoharu for the final slot, I think I favour Wakamotoharu here, especially as he's been up in juryo before and "make him earn it" considerations don't apply. If Arawashi does get demoted, it'll end a tenure of 34 consecutive sekitori basho for him, which saw him go up all the way to M2. Not bad for somebody who, at the start of that stint, was already 27 years old and only had three one-basho appearances in juryo to show. For completeness, top-ranked Seiro finished his Nagoya basho with another win for 5-2, this one against new talent Kototebakari, and he might get to re-enter juryo high enough to have a little breathing room for the next tournament - my quick first draft sees him at J11w which would allow him 9 losses, a much better proposition than competing at J14w as he did in his previous juryo return in May. The other two or three promotees should not go higher than J13. Disclaimer: If the banzuke committee decides to be particularly insane, a repeat of the post-Aki 2018 session might be possible, i.e. Wakamotoharu being deemed a better candidate for promotion than Tamaki, which would go against basically every other precedent from the last 30 years (as that one did). Arawashi could theoretically be saved at a different rikishi's expense that way, although I think that's exceedingly unlikely - the big thing in Aki 2018 was that they just didn't have anybody that could be demoted to make room for both Daiseido and Tomokaze. Here Arawashi is an easily justified drop, they just need to go through with it. And rounding up the last relevant events from the senshuraku session: The three-way Naruto do-beya playoff in jonokuchi was - somewhat predictably - won in straight matches by the most experienced of the three, 23-year-old ex-Kindai University member Motobayashi, once he actually got to compete after his two stablemates had contested the first bout. The sandanme playoff between two Takasago-beya rikishi also went an ex-collegiate's way in Terasawa, who defeated 38-year-old Asatenmai (the oldest ever to go 7-0 in sandanme, I believe). Both will be moving up into makushita, Terasawa into the middle of the division for his debut and Asatenmai most likely just inside the top 15; he was last ranked that high six years ago. With that we're done here, check in again on Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning when the promotions to juryo and the list of retiring rikishi are announced. Thanks for reading!
  13. 17 points
  14. 17 points
    Five rikishi from Tokitsukaze-beya will start the new era with their first proper shikona, starting in Makushita where Ohata is now Obayama - the last two kanji are the same as those of the great Yokozuna and heya founder Futabayama, no less. Further down, two others pay tribute to their hometowns. Miyazaki is now Toyoshimizu, the last two kanji coming from his hometown Tosashimizu. Asakura is now Hakuomaru, the first kanji there is that of his hometown Kashiwa. Next, Hayasaka is now Hamanoumi, following in the footsteps of his older brother Hamayutaka (and perhaps a tribute to Yokohama, albeit with a different kanji). Finally, Shiimori takes a more generic combination to become Wakayutaka. Kise-beya's Kiseoka is now Kijuin, also making a given name change. Ijuin was a town in Kagoshima prefecture which was merged with others to create Hioki city (Kiseoka's shusshin) in 2005, so I think that's where this shikona comes from. Over in Asahiyama-beya, the shisho (ex-Kotonishiki) honours two of his deshi with his second kanji. Yada is now Nishikio, while newcomer Ikegame makes his banzuke debut as Nishikiryu. A similar story in Futagoyama-beya where there are also two changes. Tainaka is the first to receive the honour of the same reading as the shisho (ex-Miyabiyama) - he is now Miyabishin. Newcomer Matsuo gets the same kanji but the heya's other reading, becoming Garyu. He has also made a given name change, the first kanji of which is from the new era name. Tomozuna-oyakata (ex-Kyokutenho) must have been thinking along those lines too as he makes his first shikona changes since taking over the heya. Toya is now Kyokushoriki, while Maruyama gets the same first kanji but the other reading, he is now Asahimaru. Yamahibiki-beya's Yagi is now Ienoshima. This seems to have a similar origin story to Kiseoka/Kijuin - there was a town called Ieshima in Hyogo prefecture, which became part of Himeji city (Yagi's shusshin) during an expansion in 2003, so that's probably the inspiration there. In Takadagawa-beya, Yokoyama is now Maniwayama, honouring his home of Maniwa, Okayama prefecture. Mk38w Ohata > Obayama (大葉山) Mk52w Kiseoka Hiroshi > Kijuin Akihiro (禧集院 昭広) Sd56w Miyazaki > Toyoshimizu (豊清水) Sd73e Miyauchi Yuki > Genbumaru Yusho (玄武丸 祐勝) Sd81w Asakura > Hakuomaru (柏王丸) Sd97e Tainaka > Miyabishin (雅清) Jd73e Shirakawa > Daikisho (大喜翔) Jd110w Hayasaka > Hamanoumi (濱ノ海) Jd112e Shiimori > Wakayutaka (若豊) Jk8e Toya > Kyokushoriki (旭勝力) Jk8w Yada Hiroto > Nishikio Yusuke (錦翁 佑典) Jk15w Matsuo Kiryu > Garyu Kazuki (雅隆 和基) Jk20w Yagi > Ienoshima (家の島) Jk27e Yokoyama > Maniwayama (真庭山) Jk30e Maruyama > Asahimaru (旭丸) Jk31e Ikegame Ryusei > Nishikiryu Yusei (錦竜 佑政) Due to his zenpai record in March, Hanakaze finds himself ranked in Jonokuchi for the first time since the 1988 Nagoya basho.
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  16. 15 points
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  18. 15 points
    Hello, here are the kimarite statistics after another topsy-turvy Aki basho, which saw Mitakeumi claim his second Makuuchi yusho. Elsewhere, the retirement of Yoshikaze will leave Oita prefecture without a sekitori for the first time in over 27 years. The basho was also tinged with sadness due to the untimely death of Izutsu-oyakata at just 58, resulting in the closure of his heya. Moving on to the techniques, the highlight of this basho was undoubtedly the excellent mitokorozeme from Kaishu - as noted at the time, it was the first appearance for that rare kimarite in over eight years, and only the 15th time among basho where data is available for all divisions. Another highlight was a fine izori at the edge from Fukuyama; his luckless opponent Onojo has now lost three times to that technique, and twice in a row against Fukuyama. Matsuda chalked up two more nichonage wins here to take his career tally to 9. They were a little different, the first a more typical throw while the second was more about the leg trip. An ipponzeoi was deployed for the second basho in a row, this time courtesy of Motokiyama, but unfortunately once again I wasn't able to find a video. I don't often mention it in the notes but I always like to see a nicely-done kainahineri, and Hiradoumi provided one in this basho, toppling Goryu. Akua booked his return to the Juryo division with a 6-1 record here; two of those wins came with a kakenage throw, taking his career tally to 10 - among active rikishi only Satonofuji (21) and Kotoeko (15) have more kakenage wins. This was the 10th consecutive basho without a zubuneri, a new record for the non-appearance of that kimarite, passing the previous barren spell of 9 basho from 1993 Hatsu to 1994 Natsu. Kimarite from kettei-sen bouts are not included in the statistics. (The table might look a little different than before due to my ongoing computer issues) Kimarite Makuuchi Juryo Makushita Sandanme Jonidan Jonokuchi Total Percentage Abisetaoshi 2 0 0 1 3 0 6 0.24% Amiuchi 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Ashitori 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.08% Chongake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fumidashi 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Fusen (default) 5 2 3 3 2 1 16 0.64% Gasshohineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hansoku (foul) 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Harimanage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hatakikomi 35 27 48 66 40 2 218 8.70% Hikiotoshi 6 11 11 25 21 3 77 3.07% Hikkake 2 0 0 3 2 0 7 0.28% Ipponzeoi 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Isamiashi 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0.12% Izori 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Kainahineri 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.12% Kakenage 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 0.16% Kakezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Katasukashi 6 2 3 7 9 1 28 1.12% Kawazugake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kekaeshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Ketaguri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kimedashi 1 1 1 3 4 1 11 0.44% Kimetaoshi 0 0 2 1 2 2 7 0.28% Kirikaeshi 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Komatasukui 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Koshikudake 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Koshinage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kotehineri 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.04% Kotenage 4 3 12 15 14 3 51 2.03% Kozumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubihineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubinage 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 0.16% Makiotoshi 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0.08% Mitokorozeme 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Nichonage 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.08% Nimaigeri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuridashi 7 6 19 19 29 7 87 3.47% Okurigake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurihikiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurinage 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Okuritaoshi 1 0 2 5 9 1 18 0.72% Okuritsuridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuritsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Omata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Osakate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Oshidashi 70 51 94 180 182 49 626 24.97% Oshitaoshi 7 4 13 20 29 10 83 3.31% Sabaori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sakatottari 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Shitatedashinage 1 1 0 1 3 2 8 0.32% Shitatehineri 0 0 3 2 2 0 7 0.28% Shitatenage 5 5 9 14 18 3 54 2.15% Shumokuzori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sokubiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotogake 0 1 1 4 4 1 11 0.44% Sotokomata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotomuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sototasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sukuinage 4 3 7 11 14 3 42 1.68% Susoharai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Susotori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tokkurinage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tottari 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 0.16% Tsukaminage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukidashi 13 5 17 12 3 2 52 2.07% Tsukihiza 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 0.16% Tsukiotoshi 25 6 17 36 38 5 127 5.07% Tsukitaoshi 1 1 3 4 1 0 10 0.40% Tsukite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsutaezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Uchigake 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.04% Uchimuso 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Ushiromotare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Utchari 0 1 3 0 1 0 5 0.20% Uwatedashinage 5 5 6 9 6 3 34 1.36% Uwatehineri 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.08% Uwatenage 9 2 26 28 42 10 117 4.67% Waridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Watashikomi 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 0.12% Yaguranage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yobimodoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yorikiri 76 45 85 166 212 70 654 26.09% Yoritaoshi 3 5 15 24 42 14 103 4.11% Zubuneri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00%
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    Day 8 (results, text-only results) 8-0 Ye Kakuryu, Yw Hakuho 7-1 O1w Takayasu 6-2 Se Mitakeumi, M7e Myogiryu, M7w Tomokaze, M16w Terutsuyoshi 8-0 Kakuryu Y Hakuho 8-0 3-5 Goeido O1 Takayasu 7-1 (x) kyujo Takakeisho O2 Tochinoshin 0-6-2 Betting on Takayasu to play a credible role in yusho races during week two has tended to be a longshot in the past, and even though he stands at 7-1 for now, today's tweak (or worse) to his left arm courtesy of Tamawashi's grab at it has only made it more likely that this championship will be coming down to the two frontrunning yokozuna. Both Kakuryu and Hakuho have had their mini-scares during various bouts but they ultimately came through unscathed on all eight days. With the ozeki rank rapidly depleting this basho after Tochinoshin (who was barely there physically) and Goeido had to join Takakeisho on the sidelines, the yokozuna duo only has the two sekiwake left on their schedules, plus Takayasu if he makes it that far. (In case the question comes up: Yes, three ozeki being kadoban has happened before, albeit with five in total on the banzuke. That said, one should probably expect Takayasu to try to claw his way to an 8th win.) Mitakeumi is quietly having a pretty good basho and could conceivably put himself back onto the ozeki track with a strong finish, but then he's been known to fall apart during the second half of tournaments. The multiple high-ranker kyujo could play into his hands here, though. Fellow sekiwake Tamawashi has had a week to forget, however, and it's difficult to claim that he's been unlucky en route to his 1-7 record - he really has looked that bad most of the time. The two sanyaku debutants (first time in over five years) ranked at komusubi, Abi and Ryuden, have acquitted themselves decently so far with 3 wins apiece, and can still hope to finish kachikoshi. Sadly it's unlikely to be enough for an immediate second promotion up to sekiwake, what with kyujo-kadoban Takakeisho coming down into the rank for September. In any case, Ryuden has arguably looked the better of the two, with his style of forcing his aite into unorthodox positions flummoxing more than a few opponents already. None of the upper-ranked maegashira has been truly standing out from the pack so far, with Hokutofuji and Ichinojo leading the pace at relatively modest 5-3 records. But conversely it's also just been joi debutant Meisei who has struggled, so for now it's a wide open race for any sanyaku slots that may open up eventually. 6-2 Mitakeumi S Tamawashi 1-7 3-5 Abi K Ryuden 3-5 3-5 Asanoyama M1 Hokutofuji 5-3 3-5 Aoiyama M2 Endo 3-5 4-4 Shodai M3 Daieisho 3-5 2-6 Meisei M4 Ichinojo 5-3 4-4 Kotoshogiku M5 Takarafuji 2-6 5-3 Chiyotairyu M6 Shimanoumi 4-4 6-2 Myogiryu M7 Tomokaze 6-2 4-4 Onosho M8 Okinoumi 4-4 4-4 Shohozan M9 Veteran Yoshikaze is kyujo, and after having flirted with a trip to juryo a few times already over the past year, his demotion is a certainty this time. Given his general physical state I'm not that hopeful that he'll be able to bounce back at 37 years of age. Kaisei will almost definitely be joining him on the way down, his preferred style of sumo having proved nearly impossible to execute with his injured arm this basho, but there should still be enough left in the 32-year-old's tank for another run in makuuchi as long as that particular health issue improves again. And one more stalwart of the top division is also struggling - Tochiozan has arguably been slowly declining for three years now, still putting up occasional highlights along the way, but this basho's performance has continued right where the 1-7 finish to Natsu basho left off two months ago, and he now needs more wins than losses on the homestretch to avoid a potential demotion. Toyonoshima also requires 4 wins out of 7 to stay, though with him it comes a lot less unexpected, and so does still-new-to-makuuchi Yago if he wants to make sure a third straight makekoshi doesn't catapult him out of the top division as well. On the flipside we find a real dearth of strong promotion contenders in the juryo division, with Ishiura currently closest to promotion at just 5-3 from J2e. This race will definitely need a few more days to even begin to shake out, but if you don't already have somebody to root for, you can't go wrong with Azumaryu who was last seen in makuuchi all the way back in Aki 2014 and who could become the second-latest top division returnee ever if he KKs here. M9 Daishoho 3-5 (1) (1) 4-4 Kotoeko M10 Takagenji 4-4 (1) (x) kyujo Yoshikaze M11 Nishikigi 3-5 (2) (4) 2-6 Tochiozan M12 Kagayaki 5-3 (1) (2) 4-4 Chiyomaru M13 Sadanoumi 5-3 (1) (4) 3-5 Toyonoshima M14 Enho 5-3 (2) (4) 3-5 Yago M15 Kaisei 1-7 (6) (3) 5-3 Kotoyuki M16 Terutsuyoshi 6-2 (2) (5) 3-5 Tokushoryu J1 Azumaryu 4-4 (4) (4) 5-3 Ishiura J2 Gagamaru 1-7 (~) (5) 4-4 Chiyoshoma J3 Yutakayama 5-3 (4) (5) 5-3 Wakatakakage J4 Takanosho 5-3 (5) (6) 4-4 Kyokushuho J5 Sokokurai 3-5 (7) (5) 6-2 Tsurugisho J6 Tobizaru 5-3 (6) (7) 4-4 Hidenoumi J7 Daishomaru 5-3 (6) (7) 5-3 Daiamami J8 (7) 5-3 Mitoryu J9 Kiribayama 5-3 (7) J10 (7) 6-2 Kyokutaisei J11 (~) 6-2 Takanofuji J12 Lower juryo was repopulated for this basho by no less than 4 sekitori debutants, the greatest number since Kyushu 2014, but the strongest record by a promoted rikishi thus far has come courtesy of the sole returnee to juryo; reigning makushita winner Takanofuji stands at 6-2 and should be getting that first sekitori kachikoshi at the third time of asking now. The four rookies stand variously between 5-3 and 3-5 and all can still get that KK as well. Unfortunately for him, the lowest-ranked among them also has the worst record to date, so Kotonowaka the younger will be travelling by far the hardest road to avoid his immediate return to makushita, needing 5 more wins. Joining the youngster in the danger zone are two top division veterans in Ikioi and Aminishiki, with the latter already assured of his demotion (or intai?) should he not be returning from kyujo status soon. Ikioi's sudden demise over the last two and a half basho has been something to behold (in the worst possible way) and even with "only" four wins to go it's hard to see his results improving to that degree over the next few days. Catastrophic decline like that has rarely been reversed by an old-ish rikishi before, so even if Ikioi were to decide to stick it out in makushita, I'm not sure there'd be any light at the end of the tunnel. The list of demotion-threatened rikishi is completed by Akiseyama - in big, big trouble at 2-6 - and by perennial lower-half resident Chiyonoumi. Coming off his near-miss two months ago (MK- and demotion-clinching loss on senshuraku), Seiro looks determined to stage another return to the paid ranks, and he currently sports the only record better than 2-2 among the top 8 rikishi in makushita. Nothing much else to report here yet, Day 8 is as usual far too early to make many serious predictions about who's going to go up. However, given the goings-on in juryo it stands to reason that a relatively large number of promotion slots could become available again. Somewhat unusually, neither of the two unbeaten records in the top 15 ranks is held by a rikishi in the immediate promotion zone, which may add a further wildcard to this race. J2 Gagamaru 1-7 (1) ... J8 Ikioi 1-7 (4) J9 (4) 2-6 Chiyonoumi J10 Arawashi 4-4 (2) J11 Aminishiki 0-3-5 (6) (1) 6-2 Takanofuji J12 Ryuko 4-4 (3) (2) 5-3 Ichiyamamoto J13 Kizakiumi 4-4 (3) (6) 2-6 Akiseyama J14 Kotonowaka 3-5 (5) 3-1 Seiro Ms1 Irodori 2-2 1-3 Daiseido Ms2 Hoshoryu 2-2 2-2 Tamaki Ms3 Churanoumi 1-3 2-2 Chiyootori Ms4 Kaisho 2-2 (x) 0-4 Fujiazuma Ms5 Wakamotoharu 3-1 ... 4-0 Akua Ms7 Ms11 Midorifuji 4-0 Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck
  20. 15 points
    The NSK published a video with a career overview of Kisenosato - from entry as Hagiwara to intai
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    Five promotions, four newcomers, one old shikona. Debut: Kotonowaka (琴ノ若, formerly Kotokamatani) - Sadogatake-beya - last basho Mk2e, 4-3 Ichiyamamoto - Nishonoseki - Mk3e, 5-2 Kizakiumi - Kise - Mk3w, 5-2 Ryuko - Onoe - Mk4e, 6-1 Return: Takanofuji - Chiganoura - Mk2w, 7-0 Yusho No sign of the intai list yet, but I can tell you that Soranoumi, Shunba and three-time Jonokuchi yusho winner Ikeru are among those calling it a day.
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    Here's all of the win loss percentages for any makuuchi ranked rikishi in the 2010s. In all, 134 people fought at rank maegashira or above in the 2010s. (These don't include fights in makuuchi when the person was ranked juryo, but does include makuuchi ranked rikishi fighting a juryo opponent) Not surprisingly Hakuho is at the top of this list. Somewhat surprisingly, Tochiozan has the most bouts in Makuuchi in the 2010s (despite recently slipping into Juryo). The worst rikishi is Chiyotaikai at 0%, since his very last basho was 2010 Hatsu with his injury. Impressive are the rikishi like Tamaasuka who managed a 30% win rate yet still participated in almost 100 bouts. 87.30 Hakuho 660-96 86.67 Asashoryu 13-2 80.00 Wakatakakage 4-1 70.90 Harumafuji 441-181 66.71 Kisenosato 469-234 66.44 Kakuryu 491-248 66.30 Baruto 179-91 61.07 Takakeisho 149-95 58.76 Goeido 473-332 57.68 Mitakeumi 214-157 57.48 Kaio 73-54 56.67 Iwakiyama 17-13 56.25 Ura 27-21 56.19 Asanoyama 118-92 55.94 Takayasu 391-308 55.56 Tomokaze 35-28 55.36 Kotoshogiku 470-379 55.00 Abi 99-81 55.00 Enho 33-27 54.66 Kotooshu 176-146 53.66 Onosho 110-95 53.38 Hokutofuji 150-131 53.33 Tokusegawa 48-42 53.33 Tsurugisho 16-14 53.14 Terunofuji 169-149 52.86 Ichinojo 231-206 52.83 Osunaarashi 112-100 51.67 Meisei 62-58 51.23 Tochiozan 439-418 50.62 Tochinoshin 367-358 50.50 Aoiyama 355-348 50.48 Endo 265-260 50.08 Myogiryu 331-330 50.00 Kotomitsuki 19-19 49.72 Shodai 179-181 49.66 Homasho 148-150 49.21 Okinoumi 405-418 48.89 Ryuden 88-92 48.89 Kotokasuga 22-23 48.89 Takanosho 22-23 48.86 Yoshikaze 406-425 48.57 Hakuba 51-54 48.57 Mokonami 51-54 48.33 Shimanoumi 29-31 48.10 Tamawashi 404-436 48.00 Terutsuyoshi 36-39 47.83 Daieisho 165-180 47.78 Chiyotairyu 280-306 47.72 Aminishiki 283-310 47.65 Toyonoshima 274-301 47.63 Kotoyuki 201-221 47.53 Chiyootori 125-138 47.50 Takarafuji 342-378 47.22 Sokokurai 170-190 47.22 Wakakoyu 85-95 47.14 Takanoiwa 140-157 47.12 Chiyonokuni 147-165 47.10 Shohozan 325-365 47.08 Kaisei 330-371 46.99 Ikioi 289-326 46.97 Sadanoumi 209-236 46.41 Masunoyama 84-97 46.06 Kagayaki 152-178 45.95 Toyohibiki 255-300 45.95 Kyokutaisei 17-20 45.89 Takekaze 335-395 45.56 Kitataiki 246-294 45.49 Chiyoshoma 116-139 45.36 Kyokushuho 127-153 45.33 Ishiura 102-123 45.16 Kyokutenho 224-272 45.00 Tokitenku 207-253 44.81 Gagamaru 242-298 44.62 Daido 87-108 44.56 Daishomaru 127-158 44.56 Shotenro 127-158 44.55 Aran 147-183 44.37 Arawashi 138-173 44.27 Amuru 58-73 44.19 Asasekiryu 114-144 44.00 Chiyomaru 132-168 43.93 Wakanosato 141-180 43.81 Nishikigi 138-177 43.81 Kotoeko 46-59 43.75 Fujiazuma 105-135 43.75 Miyabiyama 105-135 43.70 Takamisakari 59-76 43.61 Tokushoryu 157-203 43.59 Tosayutaka 68-88 43.33 Kimurayama 65-85 43.33 Daiamami 39-51 43.19 Jokoryu 92-121 42.86 Shimotori 45-60 42.70 Yutakayama 76-102 42.22 Seiro 19-26 41.67 Azumaryu 25-35 41.67 Yago 25-35 41.52 Sadanofuji 137-193 40.95 Kagamio 43-62 40.95 Tochinonada 43-62 40.46 Tochinowaka 106-156 40.29 Homarefuji 56-83 40.00 Daishoho 30-45 40.00 Koryu 30-45 40.00 Tamanoshima 18-27 40.00 Kitaharima 6-9 39.76 Sagatsukasa 33-50 39.66 Asahisho 23-35 38.46 Chiyoo 10-16 38.46 Kimikaze 5-8 38.36 Hokutoriki 28-45 37.78 Kokkai 51-84 37.62 Tenkaiho 38-63 36.67 Satoyama 22-38 36.67 Toyozakura 11-19 35.56 Kasugao 16-29 34.67 Kakizoe 26-49 34.67 Takanoyama 26-49 34.44 Hidenoumi 31-59 33.33 Amakaze 5-10 33.33 Nionoumi 5-10 33.33 Oiwato 5-10 30.67 Bushuyama 23-52 30.48 Tamaasuka 32-73 26.67 Takagenji 8-22 26.67 Akiseyama 4-11 26.67 Kyokunankai 4-11 26.67 Sotairyu 4-11 26.67 Tsurugidake 4-11 24.44 Yoshiazuma 11-34 22.22 Hochiyama 10-35 20.00 Daikiho 3-12 13.33 Tosanoumi 2-13 0.00 Chiyotaikai 0-4
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  25. 14 points
    I suspect that Onosho is simply demonstrating regression back to the mean. I, too, have noticed that whenever Hakuho doesn't win, someone else seems to win. I've tried to notify the local papers of this conspiracy but they don't appear to be taking me seriously.