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  1. No Toyonoshima ? When he didn't retire after the make-koshi I had a hunch he would go on which, was  renewed when nothing came out on senshuraku. But for how long ?

    Also Sagatsukasa will head back to Sandanme in 15 years.

  2. Defeating Akiseyama is not something to write home about, but Chiyootori has looked slightly better than last time. He is a bit too heavy but has shown more agility. I have no idea if Hoshoryu will ever reach great things, but his sumo is a joy to watch. He is supple, but at the same time stable and strong. 

    Tsurugisho's physical condition has improved very little since January, if at all. It is a bit painful to watch . It is also painful to see both Kotoshogiku and Tokushoryu struggling as expected.  Unlike other veterans at this stage, Kotoshogiku acted very focused, but it won't be enough. Speaking of veterans, I watched Fujiazuma for the first time in a looong time. It looks rather unlikely, but a comeback to the paid ranks would be nice.

  3. Toyonoshima is a curious case. Years ago he was listed as having a kabu, since before his major injury this information has vanished without much in the way of an explanation. That might explain why he is still there when anyone else in a similar condition (former sekiwake, age 36, back in makushita after a long second rise...) would have called it quits, but maybe he has found another one.


  4. Another rather lucky repromotion for big Akiseyama. Third time on the strenght of a 4-3 from below Ms3, but not as lucky as his sole Makuuchi promotion (8-7, J5w). He has already met the criteria for Kabu eligibity, but getting one is horse of another color. 

    Much more promising though is Hakuyozan, who was getting close to Makuuchi rank and quality-wise. I hope he picks up from where he left off. 6-1 looks solid. 

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  5. 11 minutes ago, Houmanumi said:

    I'm mostly expecting all four of Andreas21's aforementioned Juryo candidates to come up ... with a Meisei/Terunofuji switch the potential sticky wicket. Either way you'd have to think those two will be on the boundaries of each division. 

    Maybe Hidenoumi also has a chance as the 4th promotee, but maybe they will spare Meisei because of his 1 win.

    Anyone, Hidenoumi is coming from two not very impressive 8-7, has been a long time in Juryo and his last Makuuchi outing ended in a disastrous 3-12, which means if he indeed comes, he comes as a  Yusho candidate. ;-)

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  6. Kudos for his persistence. In 2007 he suffered a major injury on his right(?) shoulder, which sidelined him for many months. He came back heavily taped and didn't progress much for a while, but eventually reached sekitorihood. He was a good sekitori, but his power deserted more than a yeard ago or so, so good timing.

  7. 10 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

    Nah, he's not even that. He's just a guy who may be sneaking away with the loot while the old guards are off nursing their wounds and the new guards are still in training. It's a feelgood story that won't have any significant practical implications beyond the current basho.

    Yup. In the west it would probably help boost that mushy, over-honeyed narrative that "you can get it if you truly want it", although I don't what the Japanese media will make out of it other than enjoy this ride for a while.

    Anyway, for every Tokushoryu out there, there are hundreds of Tokushoryu-like people coming away empty-handed. 

  8. 4 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

    Take a look at what happened to Kyokutenho the following basho after his own unexpected yusho. 

    Kyokutenho was considerably older but had lots of san'yaku experience on his side.

    The last one to clinch the Yusho from "Makujiri" (Makuuchi's last rank)before Tokushoryu was Takatoriki, who was 32 at that time, and as a former Sekiwake also had plenty of experience close to the top, but he too bombed after the Yusho.

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  9. Content-wise Shodai was probably the best rikishi this basho. With some aggressive sumo for the second basho in a row now, he is finally showing he can deliver. In fact, last basho looked more like the strong showing one has when the opposition is not so stiff, but his January record has put things into another perspective. 

    When Tokushoryu was something like 4-1 I said out loud "Tokushoryu YUSHO". Everybody home laughed. I did the same with Okinoumi a few months ago so that doesn't really count much.

    Anyway, Tokushoryu somehow found a counter-attacking sumo that worked. He moved forward as he used to when some 20, 30kg lighter, and when it failed - and it didn't against Takakeisho(!) - , he used his foe's momentum to thrust him down. Soon they will get his number, but by then he will already be a Yusho winner.

    He was not simply an unlikely Yusho winner, he was very unlikely kachikoshi "getter" as his last two kachi-koshi in Juryo were far from convincing.

    I am still surprised and happy for this guy !


  10. 15 hours ago, Konstantin said:

    Also, it seems like they really want Gagamaru to retire. Ms9 from Juryo is pretty harsh, and even a 6-1 from that rank probably won't be enough for an immediate promotion.

    It is harsh but par for the course. Based on Gagamaru's condition in the past few months, an immediate repromotion is too tall an order.

  11. 37 minutes ago, since_94 said:

     The depleted and diminished  sanyaku is a recurring theme that’s grown well tiresome, not that I’m blaming the rikishi. They’re severely overworked with the heavy jungyo schedule between tournaments, so injuries can’t heal.

    No doubt the jungyo schedule plays a role, but it has been there for quite a while. The likely reason we are seeing this is that this generation born between 83 (Kotooshu) - 87 (Tochinoshin) has dominated sumo since before Asashoryu's retirement, that is for more than a decade. They are bowing out, but it is not as smooth a process as some would like it to be. They will try to carry on skipping a basho here and there until it is no longer possible. It may take a while until a younger and healthier group takes over. 

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  12. So how are you going to celebrate Okinoumi's Yusho ?

    Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit(!), but I have never seen him put some much effort as he did against Myogiryu. I've always believed he was more talented than his record showed, so it is good to see a performance like this with Yusho or not.

    On a more serious note, going by the numbers and recent form the best candidate is probably Mitakeumi but not by a large margin. This unpredictability more than makes up for the loss of quality brought about by some important absences in the upper ranks plus Tochinoshin limping to makekoshi.

    I am yet to watch Juryo this time but the results suggest that Ikioi has managed a comeback of sorts. Go Ikioi !

  13. 20 hours ago, Benevolance said:

    I kind of expected either Goeidou or Takayasu to take advantage of the current power gap and get the rope.

    I am a big Goeido fan but even in my wildest dreams I find it hard to picture Goeido of all people getting the rope. Actually, I would be happy if he could avoid the drop to Sekiwake in Aki.

    As to Takayasu, if he managed to stay healthy, then maybe... but after two years at Ozeki he is yet to win his first yusho.

  14. 3 hours ago, ryafuji said:

    You missed his barnstorming 12-3 in November 2010 then ;-)

    I remember his swan's song, but somehow I must have overlooked this fact while lazily checking  the sumo db. 


  15. On 22/07/2019 at 15:42, Gooner said:

    I never really understood the amimishiki hype. I've been following sumo for about 5 years and all I saw were henkas or cheap hatakikomis against the Kotoyukis and daishomarus of this world.

    Was he an amusing rikishi 10 years ago?


    I know how it feels. When I started following sumo back in 2007, Kaio was growing more and more dependent on back scratching, pull-downs and the like just to get by. I watched him for 4 years without witnessing a single double-digit performance . I had to look  into the archives of sumo to get an idea of how good he had been and to understand why he was and still is revered here.

    As to Aminishiki, he was already banged up at that time. His right knee was not very good, but it deteriorated to a point where he had to fight basically one-legged. Yet he managed to remain in the upper third of makuuchi for a long time. Just as a comparison, Jokoryu has tried to survive lower juryo on one leg but so far has met with little success.  

    The left knee had to pay the price for this compensation, and so did the ankles. A few years ago Aminishiki completely lost any ability to put up any kind of serious resistance at the edge. If pushed or forced back, he had to waltz around the dohyo in order to cause his opponent somehow to fall down. Surprisingly, it worked until last week. 

    So here you have someone who was quick to adapt in the face of his ever worsening physical condition. He embodied resilience, talent and excellent fighting spirit. 

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  16. 41 minutes ago, Katooshu said:

    What's the demotion situation like for Kizakiumi with 7-8 at J13w?

    With this promotion committee we never know, but he will most likely stay. There is no shortage of demotion candidates and the pressure from makushita is not that high. There is no reason to over-demote him or anyone else for that matter.

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  17. 1 hour ago, Akinomaki said:

    Some results of basho related Tanabata wishes - for spoilers I post it here - bold: fulfilled, strikeout not, italic unknown

    On the one hand, even the higher echelons of sumo is filled with some high(?) level of frustration, even though most of these rikishi - if not all of them - has set realistic goals. It's not surprising actually,  it's life.

    On the other hand, although he is not on the list, I believe Shimanoumi must have exceed even his highest goals for 2019. Two juryo yusho, kanto-sho back in May and now KK from as high as Maegashira #6. It is life as well. ;-)

    That is part of why sumo remains so interesting (to me at least).

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  18. Neither Sokokurai nor Gagamaru has looked particularly impressive on their way back to upper juryo, so no surprise they will see their ranks heading south next time. Experience has thought me that you can win with shaky sumo for a while, but bad form will catch up to you eventually.

    It is strange to see a Yusho-clincher in Tsurugisho facing one of the worst rikishi of the whole divison on senshuraku, but it doesn't make much of a difference after all.

    If both Yutakayama and Takanosho manage to get the re-promotion,   I believe they will be a long term asset to Makuuchi. They are way better than their current ranks suggest, IMHO.


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