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Amamaniac last won the day on October 2 2020

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  1. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    As hankas go, that was sheer perfection imho. Awesome speed and execution. Even Hakuho has resorted to that iirc. Also smart tactics on Kiribayama's part. He probably feared that Kiribayama would have the advantage in a "proper belt battle", and so went for the quick win. Also reveals Hoshoryu's failure to guard against that move. Hakuho is pretty much immune to that kind of thing since he knows to always watch his opponent at the tachi-ai! Hope that was a learning opportunity for Hoshoryu. He is now on the verge of demotion. Kiribayama moves one away from kachikoshi. Kiribayama will probably move up ahead of Hoshoryu in November. Long story short: I'm not going to dock Kiribayama's wages. Fair game, I say.
  2. Amamaniac

    Who Is This Woman?

    I was trying to determine whether or not she has worn that dress on a previous occasion, and whether she had used that handbag on a previous occasion. There is a certain amount of pressure on certain women of that class not to be seen wearing the same outfit more than once. Perhaps that is why her attendance record has dropped...
  3. Amamaniac

    Who Is This Woman?

    So she's decided to grace us with her presence again... (Day 10)
  4. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    NHK shows Terunofuji in the hanamichi waiting hall. He can be seen drinking a liquid from an orange plastic bottle/cup. Given how dark that liquid appears, I'm of the opinion that it is not simply water. My two best guesses are (1) ice coffee, and (2) some traditional Asian medical brew (i.e., TCM). Not sure If John G is in a position to clarify. What do other forum members think Terunofuji is drinking just prior to his bouts?
  5. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Both Hoshoryu and Kiribayama seem to be coming into their own this tournament (technically, they have been doing that for a while now). Both are very talented and promising young sumo wrestlers imho, but they have very different dispositions. These two future stars will meet tomorrow (day 10) and that could be one of the highlight matches of the tournament. Hoshoryu has more on the line and more determination, but I'm not ruling out easygoing Kiribayama!
  6. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    There is always special attention given new Yokozunas to see how many wins they can string together at the starts of their Grand Champion careers (my version of NHK's debut final record). On paper, Terunofuji had a chance to cobble a zensho yusho 15-0 record. But with this loss, his win streak ends up being a worthy yet lacklustre 8-0. Hakuho managed a 9-0 record when he first became a Yokozuna. Interestingly, Kisenosato actually did better, with 12 straight wins before his first loss as a Yokozuna. The king in this category was Takanosato who won 18 straight times before his first loss as a Yokozuna. Needless to say, best record in Yokozuna debuts is one of the few records that Hakuho does not hold! I guess Terunofuji won't be setting that record either...
  7. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Abi (6-2) is going up against Akua (7-1). This is a big match in terms of determining the frontrunner in Juryo. Let's see who brings their "A game".
  8. Amamaniac

    Rikishi Status - 2021 Aki

    Hoshoryu may have had acute tonsillitis, ... but he came back with a host of indications (i.e., new) that his body is suffering elsewhere: (1) a cluster of TCM cupping marks on his upper back, and (2) a new "supporter" on his right elbow. Fighting the best-of-the-best takes a toll on wrestlers' bodies, especially in the age of the super-heavy-weights...
  9. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    That Terunofuji v. Tamawashi bout was pure viewing gold! It would be racist to say that it takes a Mongolian to beat a Mongolian, but Tamawashi sure came close! As the bout was getting underway, Abema TV showed an interview with Tamawashi at home. They asked him what he felt about potentially going up against the Shin-Yokozuna version of Terunofuji. He quipped that it would be a great opportunity for him to get a kinboshi (gold star). I took it as a joke, but Tamawashi came out of the tachi-ai with a great chance to cause a seismic upset (coinciding with the earthquake that hit Japan a few bouts earlier). Terunofuji was upright, up against the bales, with Tamawashi's hand under his chin! Certain loss, thought I. But somehow Terunofuji managed to get back in the fight and finished off the thruster with a yorikiri. Made me think: wrestlers must train for situations like that. Terunofuji must have practiced how to get out of that situation, ... and Tamawashi must have practiced how to finish off an opponent in that situation. Clearly, Terunofuji's practice paid off! The suddenness of Tamawashi getting into an advantageous position, not to mention the suspense on the bales, left many in the streaming chatrooms in need of a change of パンツ!
  10. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Actually (now that I have checked the link that #code_number3 kindly provided), it's five eggplants! Given the twisted meaning of the eggplant emoji, it probably would have been risky having just one eggplant.
  11. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Can someone tell me what is featured on Takarafuji's keshomawashi (used from day 4 until today – probably will change tomorrow)? Terutsuyoshi's keshomawashi seems to have a hawk or falcon-like bird, but for the life of me, I can't make heads or tails of what appears on Takarafuji's (my best guess is some kind of drone)...
  12. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    My guess is that the technique attempted by Ura on this occasion was "izori". The thing is that victory was given to Okinoumi by oshitaoshi. In my opinion, it perhaps should have been considered as a higi non-technique (i.e., koshikudake).
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    Bout-Length Aki 2021

    Kiribayama has been clocking the bout minutes these last three days! The good news is that each of those bouts was shorter than the last!
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Was it just the top part of the sagari dislodging from the mawashi? It looked too thick to be unraveled sagari to me.  Check the 11:55 mark in Kintamayama's digest: To my eye the top half of one of the "sticks" has come apart. The very top section of the sagari sticks are usually left unglued for flexibility. But in this case, the evidence suggests a bigger problem...
  15. Amamaniac

    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Hate to nitpick, but in today's bout against Kiribayama, one of Terunofuji's sagari sticks (made up of a bundle of silk threads glued together) appeared to be largely unravelled. Whichever tsukebito is responsible for the Shin-Yokozuna's wardrobe needs a stern talking to!