Wow, this is an interesting thread. Before I share my list, I'd like to write about a personal conversation on this forum between @Tenshinhan and myself. This was about one and a half years ago. I asked my dear sumo-friend Tenshinhan about who is his favourite rikishi, and in his answer he told me about a very fine way of enjoying sumo. He told me (and I hope he won't be offended by me sharing a piece of his words from our previous personal correspondance):
"I can tell you that some bashos ago, I was always very angry if (in my eyes) the wrong rikishi had won the bout (...) Then I recognized that I couldn't really enjoy the bouts anymore if I am too focused on who I picked for a win in a sumo game. That was when I decided to become more relaxed in this topic. I want to have fun while watching sumo and these games give you a headache if you think about them most of the time. And they are very much based on luck anyway..."
This train of thought changed my way of watching sumo. I've become more curious about the happenings of the sumo world than my own fantasy list of my favourite rikishi.
But then again: I cannot be judged for liking one rikishi more than another.
So, of course, I have my preferences, but I don't - after these wise thoughts from our great Tenshinhan - feel the urge to be sad or angry if my favourite had just lost. I am too 'became more relaxed'! :) (Exception: Ura has been a gamechanger, I feel somewhat angry about his injury, and hoping for his full recovery soon!)
But of course I have a heart, so I decided to make a list of my favourite rikishi. Remember: this list is totally subjective, it goes without any rational cause, but I think that's the aim of the whole thread, and that's why I think it's rather interesting.
Ura Y1 Yoshikaze
Tochinoshin Y2 Osunaarashi
Hakuho O1 Sokokurai
Kaisei O2 Onosho
Mitakeumi S Hokutofuji
Takakeisho K Takayasu
Kisenosato M1 Shodai
Shohozan M2 Aminishiki
Okinoumi M3 Ikioi
Tochiozan M4 Terunofuji
Ishiura M5 Chiyoshoma
Arawashi M6 Chiyonokuni
This is my fantasy list.
Ps. I wrote Ura is a gamechanger. But he is not the only one. I feel that 'changing the guards' also means changing the game. Onosho, Takakeisho, Mitakeumi - they are also changing the game of sumo. They all prefer oshi-sumo, and this had became very clear this basho. They ARE changing the game on their own ways. I think sumo has became totally fascinating last year. I feel like I'm part of history while watching these bouts!