Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Kensho Hatsu 2020

    I think it is fair to say that Tokushoryu "had his most ever this basho". With his final-day haul, he leap-frogged the likes of Hokutofuji, Enho, Goeido, Abi, Shohozan and Mitakeumi! (According to my notes, Tokushoryu had received a total of 28 kensho as at day 14. Thus, even with the Morinaga Prize, his total haul on the final day was 60.) For anyone who watched the Abema livestream today, Dr. Takasu appeared alongside Wakanohana as a guest commentator. Not that he had particularly much to share, his presence did result in Abema TV cameras focusing on the kensho that he sponsored that day: 5 for the Ikioi v. Takanosho bout, 3 for the Shodai v. Mitakeumi bout, and 1 for the Tokushoryu v. Takakeisho bout. Now I can put a face to one set of kensho banners! FYI, Dr Takasu also sponsors commercials for the Abema TV sumo broadcasts.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Like many an Ura fan, I was happy to see him win the playoff bout today. But, what wasn't quite as reassuring as that win was the look on his face as he squatted ringside waiting for his yusho certificate. He looked to be seriously uncomfortable, if not in considerable pain. Unlike Terunofuji, Ura's knees appear to be far from better. I hope that he can follow Terunofuji's example and shoot back up the banzuke, but I'm not holding my breath!
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    M13e Kotoshogiku rallied in the last three days of this tournament. He had what looked like a career-busting 4-8 record, but with three straight wins at the end, he walks away with a not too shabby 7-8 record, essentially saving himself from demotion to Juryo in March. But more importantly, his win on the final day tied him with the great Takanohana with 701 Top Division wins (i.e., 9th place)! He is now within striking distance of the records held by Musashimaru (706), Harumafuji (712), and Kisenosato (714). However, moving past Kisenosato will probably take him at least two tournaments.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Tokushoryu made no mention of his former shisho, the great Kitanoumi. I think he would have been proud.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Much less than a bout with Goeido would have had I counted 60 kensho for the final bout. Can you get more than 60?
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Hearing both English commentators on the NHK broadcast today say that there was no way that Tokushoryu would be able to pull off a tsukiotoshi against Shodai, and then witnessing yet another masterful tsukiotoshi by what news services are characterising as the "unfancied" [sic] and "unheralded" Tokushoryu made me feel a little better about all the predictions I've gotten wrong in the past. That's sumo for you. Full of surprises! Perhaps none more so than in this tournament!
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Perhaps I missed something, but there don't seem to be any comments on the Forum about Terunofuji's loss to Nishikigi today. Somewhat surprising, I would say, but Nishikigi has been fighting somewhat better in this tournament (after 6 straight MKs). Perhaps we won't be seeing Teru in the Top Division in March, but he's definitely coming! While almost all eyes will be focused on the big Tokushoryu v. Takakeisho bout (can't wait to see how many kensho that final bout will attract), I will be quite interested to see how Naya will do in his bout against Akiseyama down in Makushita. Both men have 3-3 records, so each has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Not sure, however, if a KK will push Naya up into the Juryo Division in March (I fear not). Another key bout is Enho v. Kagayaki. This is great matchup for day 15. IIRC both men are schoolmates and have wrestled together before turning pro. They have an even 1-1 record in the Top Division, so there is no clear sign who actually has the upper hand. Kagayaki is already at 9-5 in this tournament, while Enho has surprised many with his KK at M5w. In my opinion, a conditional Sansho would not be out of order for Enho, but there are so many other possibilities out there in this tournament, that Enho's performance may get overlooked.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I know the Emperor has a busy schedule, but arriving for the second half of the Top Division on Day 14 meant that he missed seeing what was perhaps the most significant bout of the tournament involving the potential yusho winner! Sigh.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I can see why you'd think that. In fact, a quick survey of all the kimarite winning techniques Takakeisho has used since entering the Top Division, oshidashi accounts for 46.6% of those wins (i.e., virtually 1 out of every 2 times he steps on the dohyo). And while this is the first time he has used kotenage, he has resorted to sukuinage belt-less throws on two occasions. That is the extent of his throwing game! Executing a kotenage today, maybe, just maybe, reveals that he is trying to develop his arsenal into something Yokozuna-worthy!
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The biggest (literally?) surprise of this tournament, Tokushoryu, has now matched his best Top Division record (i.e., 11 wins), and he still has three days left to improve on that. Will his new-found maturity/patience help him steal the yusho?!! That would really throw those who are predicting another first-time Top Division yusho winner for a loop!
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    It's been reported that he suffered an injury to his ribs prior to the tournament...
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Enho is now 6-5, and so he'll need 2 more wins over the next four days for his KK. Of course, as you suggest, it is not a sure thing. Tomorrow he fights Takayasu, which could end up like his bout against Takakeisho (i.e., a loss), or it could end up like his bout against say Goeido or Asanoyama. Takayasu is not particularly quick to react, so Enho may be able to run circles around the ex-Ozeki. Bottom line: Enho is showing that he is more than capable of holding his own among the big guys and that he is not going away any time soon.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The Enho v. Asanoyama bout was selected for the Morinaga extra kensho prize today, and boy did they get their money's worth! Another highlight bout of the tournament/year! Enho tried an ashitori technique out of the tachiai, and then went to plan B with a tottori arm pull, showing his amazing speed once again! Asanoyama didn't know what hit him! OMG, this guy Enho has a bag of tricks, or is that a department store of tricks?
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Tokushoryu keeps his yusho hopes alive! His sumo seems to have gone up a level in this tournament. Rather than simply give up at the edge, he executed a very skillfull twist and tsukiotoshi sending Aoiyama down, before momentum sent him (Tokushoryu) out of the ring. Who'd have known? The interesting thing about Tokushoryu is that he is coming from the lowest Makuuchi rank on the banzuke and yet after 11 days, he is at the top of the leaderboard! Will he outlast the likes of Shodai and steal the yusho? Or will he manage to take part in a playoff bout on day 15? As robnplunder commented: "What a shock!"
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

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