Amamaniac

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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I feel the same way as you, but I am looking at the situation a little differently. Terunofuji's timing is fortunate in a sense. Unfortunate in the sense that he is secured promotion to the highest rank a little late in his career with 6 years squandered due to injury. But fortunate in that Hakuho might be retiring soon, and then it will be pretty clear sailing for the knee-less wonder. As long as he doesn't get reinjured, I can see him picking up a good number of Top Division championships, easily surpassing Kakuryu's 6 and likely surpassing Harumafuji's 9. For him to surpass Hakuho's current record, he'd have to win every tournament for the next 6+ years. I think we can all agree that that ain't gonna happen.
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    Kensho Aki 21

    I went back to the torikumi sheet for a recount: 49. Spotting the commas that separate the names of the sponsors is tricky sometimes.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I am all for Takakeisho developing his yotsuzumo skills, and admittedly he got in a good tug on Terunofuji's belt. But at the end of the day, Takakeisho is an oshizumo wrestler (pusher-thruster). That is what his body is suited for. That is what got him to Ozeki in the first place. That is what helped him win his second yusho in a playoff against Terunofuji! I really feel that this was the wrong time to try out his new yotsu skills: (a) All four of his previous wins against Terunofuji were oshidashi (except for one tsukiotoshi); and (b) Terunofuji's only losses in the tournament to date were the result of oshi-style attacks. More to the point, the wrestlers that upset the New Yokozuna did so by making sure that Terunofuji did not get his left hand on their mawashi. What then does Takakeisho do? He turns his back on his "own brand" of sumo, one that has a proven track record, and then perhaps inadvertently makes it easy for Terunofuji to get that left-hand grip after Takakeisho moves in close and establishes his own inside right-hand grip. With Takakeisho's short arms, it was just too easy for Terunofuji to get the outside left-hand grip. And despite having his arm in the outside position, Terunofuji rarely loses once he gets in that position. He's just too big and too strong. You can call it a ballsy attempt at introducing an element of surprise, or you can call it misguided, ... or both.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    She was already attending tournaments in the front section before Covid hit. The crowds helped hide her, in a way. So I'd say, crowds don't bother her. In fact, she only attained the heightened attention she currently has once things thinned out in the tamariseki section, and her presence became more obvious. I suspect she isn't crazy about her new-found fame. But from all appearances, she is a true fan of oozumo, and so puts up with it.
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    Kensho Aki 21

    I count 49 [corrected] kensho on the final bout of the tournament. That is without doubt the biggest purse so far this tournament (Sincerely yours, Captain Obvious). In fact, it is bigger than that for the showdown between Hakuho and Terunofuji in Nagoya two months ago. But then again, this tournament is being held in Tokyo...
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Also in contention for a sansho of some sort, I should think. Let the Sansho predictions begin! If Wakanohana III has any credibility left, today he made the following selections: Kantosho (Fighting Spirit): Myogiryu and Onosho Ginosho (Technique): Endo Shukunsho (Outstanding Performance): Daieisho If Daieisho has any hope of getting the Shukunsho, it will be conditional on him winning on the Final Day to bring his win total up to double digits. At least, that's how I see things...
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    There was plenty of criticism about the Kiribayama henka versus Hoshoryu on Day 10, but at first glance, Meisei's henka against Onosho today was even more reprehensible. Going into the bout, Onosho was very much in the yusho race. Meisei, on the other hand, was on the verge of makekoshi, and dare I say a little more desperate... But however one feels about henkas, they oftentimes involve a high level of finesse. Onosho makes the fatal error of bringing his head down (i.e., not watching his opponent). But Meisei skilfully drops his head as if to make Onosho anticipate a big head collision. Then at the last minute his head veers left and he brings both hands up for the hatakikomi. I give him props on execution. Meisei not only avoided getting his 8th loss today, but even if he loses tomorrow, that seventh win may just keep him in the sanyaku ranks for November. I'm pretty sure they give him extra credit for defeating Terunofuji on day 12.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    "Bowling for gyoji" is alive and well. Watching the replay, you can see Shikimori Inosuke actually run into the path of a tumbling Takakeisho. Bad decision on his part, and you could tell he knew it, but it was too late to do anything about it. Despite getting knocked down and off the ring, Inosuke recovers quickly and is able to deliver the verdict and the huge stack of prize envelopes to the man responsible(?) for his embarrassing take down.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I second that. Akua had a good thing going, but his stubborn dedication to one technique led to a pitiful "kake"lapse...
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    Rikishi Status - 2021 Aki

    Has been mentioned Sorry Yubinhaad! I was expecting to see more discussion in this thread about that kyujo...
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    The torikumi matches today were skilfully crafted (thank you Isegahama oyakata). ShinYokozuna Terunofuji went up against the top junior Sanyaku man, and did what he needed to do, i.e., win. However, the two Ozekis went up against two of the rank-and-file trailers (M10w Myogiryu and M6w Onosho) and had their mawashis handed to them. Fans expect Ozeki to win, especially against Maegashira opponents. For one of the two Ozekis to give up a ginboshi silver star is bad enough, but for both to do so on the same day is somewhat shameful. Sure Myogiryu and Onosho were keyed up because they are in the yusho hunt. But Takakeisho and Shodai should have been aware that they needed to up their own game. OK, both Takakeisho and Shodai have managed to secure kachikoshis, but they are not truly living up to their unwritten responsibility as gatekeepers against lower ranking challengers. Of the three trailers left, Myogiryu and Onosho have both overcome true tests of their worth (i.e., Ozeki bouts). If by some twist of fate they end up stealing the yusho, they can hold their heads up high.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Not only that, he lost the Makushita yusho to Fukai. Sigh.
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    Rikishi Status - 2021 Aki

    Hasn't been mentioned, but recent bow-twirler Shohoryu withdrew today. At least he struck it out until he got his makekoshi on Day 10. Since no details were given about Shishi's withdrawal, I have to conclude that when unsalaried wrestlers suffer injuries, the details are protected by Japan's equivalent of the Health Information Act covered up...
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    Aki 21 day 11 Pics raw overview

    Sorry, but this was not the keshomawashi set worn on Day 11... Perhaps it was a reference to something on one of the previous days...
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I'm trying to make sense of what is happening this tournament, to Terunofuji in particular. Is he overthinking things now that the weight of his new status is bearing down on him? Is he overwhelmed/distracted by all the extra stuff he has to do as a Yokozuna? Is he perhaps injured, as some have already speculated? Have some of his opponents gone on a steep learning curve, and figured out the most effective way to handle him? Is he missing the sense of competition that Hakuho inspired in the last tournament? Whatever it is, he better regroup and regroup fast! While I am happy for any wrestler who ends up winning the Cup, I want to see Terunofuji win his debut tournament as a Yokozuna – in part because I also want to see Waka III break the curse of his failed predictions.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    And don't forget that the minute Myogiryu lost to Kagayaki, on paper Terunofuji had a two-win cushion (so the loss to Meisei changed that in a big way).
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    My bad. I guess I was overexcited about the upset by a wrestler that deserves more praise than he gets.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I sort of liked the use of a harite by Takakeisho against Takarafuji today. Generally I have a dislike for them. But in this case, the slap was firm but not a roundhouse affair. It looked like Takakeisho's way of communicating to Takarafuji saying "Look, I'm the Ozeki here. Don't try and mess with me." Meanwhile, down in Juryo, Takakeisho's less-mature stablemate Takakento overreacted to a slap from opponent Shohozan. As soon as he was hit, Takakento reacted with about two or three return slaps (perhaps frustrated by his poor record to date). That seemed to suggest that there is a culture of anger at Tokiwayama Stable (tracing back to Takanohana oyakata). I'm lumping in the Kamiyama bully twins here.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    That stack of kensho prize money and the glory of a gold star won significant upset today by Meisei will go a long, long way to cheer up stablemates Akua and Hoshoryu who both lost their bouts today! Very well played by Meisei! We are starting to see the chinks in Terunofuji's armour. Even though the new Yokozuna has a one-win lead, this tournament is far from over!
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    Who Is This Woman?

    About that pattern... She's back in her spot and it's Day 12. Not quite the old pattern, but better than I had forecast!
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Day 5, then Day 10. If that is any indication of a new pattern, then we might just see PP again on Day 15. Front row senshuraku: that's what call "a hot ticket".
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Terunofuji knees or Mitakeumi knees? It's all relative. For whatever reason, some rikishi manage to get through their careers with their knees intact ... and then there are folks like us who've never had an oozumo career with knee problems to spare!
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Very true. I suppose wrestlers have noticed that Terunofuji is a one- (or two-) trick pony [unlike Hakuho]. Terunofuji appears to struggle without his left-hand belt grip. As Asojima just posted, the longer you stay toe-to-toe with Terunofuji, the better the odds are of Terunofuji making a mistake. The bout against Ura today was quite enlightening. Ura tried a few ashitori attacks, which Terunofuji managed to fend off – almost as though he expected those attacks. However, after a while, I started to think that Terunofuji was resorting to Ichinojo tactics: standing there like an immoveable object and letting the opponent wear himself out. But what makes Terunofuji a Yokozuna (even with two busted knees) is his awesome strength and his technical ability. Ichinojo lacks those elements. (Excuse the tangent.)
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    For anyone curious to know how long Terunofuji's bout against Ura lasted: 1 min 32.3 sec. Some bouts are brief encounters. That was a real battle. Opponents are starting to realise that they can prolong things against Terunofuji if they keep the Yokozuna off their mawashi (and if they avoid his back up kime arm lock attack).