Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Big, strong guy. A bit slow, but calm and composed. He can also apply his power effectively in different scenarios and I think has the look of someone who will eventually settle into makuuchi. I don't rate his brothers very highly though, especially the current Naya. I think what our friend #Joaoiyama meant was: why aren't Forum members giving Oho some credit for his performance in this tournament. He is currently leading the Juryo yusho race with a perfect 7-0 record! That is by far the best start of his sekitori career (i.e., having to fight 15 days). He dispatched the always-dangerous Enho on yesterday, which didn't make me love him any more than before. But I give him credit for staying calm and letting his superior size do its thing. But what really impressed me about Oho was the way he fought Churanoumi today. That was the most determination I've seen out of Oho since ... forever! Has he turned a corner? Is this his breakthrough tournament? He just seems to want to win more now – although trying to keep a clean slate alive could also be providing motivation. I have not reached the point where I'm convinced he can keep winning, but I will say that IF he does (i.e., gets a zensho yusho), he will most likely get promoted up to the Top Division in January, which would be a great narrative for the NSK. Taiho's grandson ends 2021 with a Juryo championship, and starts 2022 with a shinnyumaku Top Division debut!
  2. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Good old Aminishiki! Good old Shuji Miki!!
  3. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Shodai suffered his third loss (second straight loss) today. His brand of defensive or reactive sumo is proving to be costly. Many of his bouts end up being won or lost at the bales. This creates two problems: (1) he risks getting injured – as has happened in the past, and (2) many of his bouts end with close decisions that require or beg for monoii – as we saw today. Watching the replay (c/o Kintamayama) of the regulation bout, I'd say that Takanosho went down before Shodai stepped out. Pause the replay just as Takanosho's shoulder hits the bales, and it is plain to see that Shodai hasn't stepped out yet. But the gyoji awarded victory to Takanosho. Luckily the ringside judges stepped in, and called for a torinaoshi redo (instead of reversing the decision). That was a reasonable way to proceed IMHO. However, Shodai got caught once again trying to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. While the call was close yet again (arguably Shodai's foot was below the surface of the ring before Takanosho touched down), there was no monoii. The ringside judges – not to mention the clock – had lost patience with "Shodai shenanigans". Shodai is admittedly a magician at the bales. But for his own sake, he needs to find ways to win inside the ring, that is to say, work on offensive rather than defensive sumo!
  4. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    I've heard through the grapevine that Hakuho will appear as a guest commentator on NHK's coverage this weekend. This is nothing unusual, in terms of recently retired wrestlers being invited to share their views on the ongoing action in the ring. But in Hakuho's case, this will be an important opportunity to shore up popular support and prove that he is an asset to the NSK. Given the way he is responding to fans in the stadium (check Abema TV's coverage), it would appear that he is on a popularity campaign of sorts.
  5. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Good to see you back again, Rocks. I'm assuming you made this comment after only the first half of the Top Division. I'd say things heated up after the break. Trust you'd agree. Right off the bat, Ura handed Takayasu another disappointing loss (for him that is). I love when the former goes for the ashitori leg grab! Takayasu left himself open for that, but still it was exciting to see. The very next match between Hoshoryu and Chiyoshoma was perhaps my favourite bout of the day. It was such a technical battle, the kind that we'd see out of Harumafuji and Hakuho. I might be generalising here, but Mongolian wrestlers really know how to work their countermoves! I'd say we were treated to some pretty good "sumo" even after those two bouts. Really looking forward to see what's in store for the weekend!
  6. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Have to agree with you. Takakeisho looks as good as he's ever looked. He has dispatched all of his opponents so far handily and with confidence. Meanwhile, in his bouts, Yokozuna Terunofuji has been overly cautious and vulnerable on several occasions. The way things are going, Takakeisho may just fight his way to another championship, upsetting the (relatively) new Yokozuna along the way. I wouldn't put a zensho yusho past Takakeisho at this point. Junyusho or Yusho, either way, you can argue that he will be starting a tsuna run...
  7. Amamaniac

    New kesho mawashi

    In my search, I came across this page on the Isegahama website which provides a summary of Terunofuji's keshomawashi: https://isegahama.net/照ノ富士春雄/ It has the sets Teru used in the last tournament (September), but has yet to be updated...
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    New kesho mawashi

    Appreciate the photo, rhyen. The only thing is, "Terunofuji and Co," cracked open another new set today (i.e., day 5)... (n.b., that's a hint).
  9. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Looked like "Mr Inconsistent" underestimated Wakatakakage today. Sigh.
  10. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    What? No love for Tochinoshin? The odds of him securing kachikoshi are now better than those of Kiribayama, Onosho, Shimanoumi, and Kotoeko! He looked solid against Kagayaki today. There were no signs of lower back issues, ... which is a good sign!
  11. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Nice try. If only tsunas could be obtained that easily...
  12. Amamaniac

    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    Just shy of 4 minutes! In his video, #Kintamayama spotted timekeeper Kokonoe Oyakata signalling for a water break, but the gyoji didn't see it. Just as well, since neither man looked particularly winded. Takayasu is definitely well conditioned for these long-ass bouts (pardon my French). I'd love to see a mizu-iri water break. It's one of those oozumo traditions that everyone should see at least once...
  13. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Not sure the bout v. Endo really warranted one. From the angle Abema TV provided, it was pretty clear that Hoshoryu's right knee dropped on the ring first. A monoii would not have hurt though. Earlier in the day, they seemed to be trying to kill time ... (but then again, Takayasu did that for them in spades!). Bouts that end with a shitatenage vs uwatenage showdown are pretty awesome, and this was no exception (insert enthusiasm here). But as a fellow fan of Hoshoryu, I'd agree that he can't seem to catch a break (last tournament was no exception).
  14. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    You are quite right about that. He is at M13w, with 8 slots below him in the Top Division. Any guesses on the bare minimum number of wins he needs to stay in Makuuchi? Of course, much will depend on how the Juryo joi boys fare. Last tournament, Tsurugisho was at more or less the same rank (technically one slot lower) and he ended up down in Juryo with a 5-10 record. Five should be enough to save Tochinoshin, but he should aim for at least 6 to be safe. Nevertheless, I say "aim big". If you can manage 6, then why not 8? Hope his back is up for it!
  15. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Over at Nikkan Sports, they are called Mita "the sleeping Ozeki candidate" (nemureru ōzeki kōho). I suppose the choice of names has something to do with the "glass half empty/glass half full" debate!
  16. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Slim Shady ... Tochinoshin is back tomorrow! He will be attempting to get his kachikoshi (to avoid further demotion), which means a minimum of 8 wins in 11 bouts (i.e., 72.7% win performance). Normally a KK only requires a 53.3% win performance. Recently demoted Ozeki have to produce a 66.6% win performance (minimum 10 wins in 15 bouts) to get reinstated. And as most fans here know, that's something which Tochinoshin pulled off in May 2019. 8 wins here, however, is a bigger ask. Will our man from Georgia pull it off? If he does, that should generate some added enthusiasm in this tournament!
  17. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    OK, I surrender. Poor choice of words on my part. I was merely trying to point out that he gets fans like me excited, and then ends up disappointing them with losses against opponents that he could and should easily beat... FYI, Wiki (I know, not the best authority) describes choking as follows: In sports, choking is the failure of a person, or persons, to act or behave as anticipated or expected. This can occur in a game or tournament that they are strongly favoured to win, or in an instance where they have a large lead that they squander in the late stages of the event. It can also refer to repeated failures in the same event, or simply imply an unexpected failure when the event is more important than usual.
  18. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Figured as much. Just wanted to point out that the retirement news was "technically" between bashos, not to mention the fact that the news cycle for it lasted for several days, if not a week. But I agree that the news leading up to Kyushu was a little lacklustre.
  19. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Anyone else feel that Bushozan is the Takakeisho of the Juryo Division. Their body types and fighting styles seem rather similar, and sometimes (without my glasses on), I catch a Bushozan bout at the end of Juryo and panic that I missed most of the Top Division action, and it's down to the last few bouts there! Bushozan is 1-2 at J3w, He'll need to do a lot better if he hopes to get promoted into the Top Division in January!
  20. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Mitakeumi put a nail in the coffin of Daieisho's (and Waka III's) hope of a yusho championship in Kyushu. Daieisho's sumo is actually quite good, and he gave Terunofuji a run for his money the day before (not to mention actually upsetting the Yokozuna in September). So for Mitakeumi to handle Daieisho with relative ease does say something about the Sekiwake's chances going forward. I know Mitakeumi has a track record of choking at critical moments, but he does have two Top Div championships to his name. I'd say he is overdue for another! At the risk of upsetting Takakeisho fans on the forum, if there is a non-Yokozuna champion this month, I would get a bigger kick out of Mitakeumi reminding us that he can get the job done every now and then. But, I'm definitely not ruling Takakeisho out (especially if he is back in form). Today he showed why he is so dangerous, sending upstart Kiribayama to the dirt with that strong left swipe of his! Absolutely deadly, that is!
  21. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Life has a way of getting in the way of being able to bask in the joys of oozumo. Hope you find a way to get back in the swing of things, oozumo-wise. I can't believe that you mentioned a lack of "between basho" news! Of all between-bashes, this last one had to have the biggest news ever: Hakuho's sudden retirement. I know many of us were expecting it, but it is still the biggest news to hit oozumo in a long time. Oddly enough, it did not get as much attention as say Chiyonofuji's retirement (I've read that the whole nation stopped what it was doing to tune in to his retirement press announcement). Over on Abema TV's coverage, they are playing interviews with many of the salaried wrestlers giving their reaction to Hakuho's retirement. That is definitely one of the narratives here, although admittedly it doesn't spark much interest in the tournament at hand.
  22. Amamaniac

    Who Is This Woman?

    It would appear that tickets are available for all the tamariseki in Kyushu. That is good for the "returning to normal" narrative. Upon closer examination, it would appear that there are extra-special seats/spots in the front sections designated by blue zabuton cushions that look a little thicker than the regular dusty mauve ones. I can't figure out for the life of me how they are arranged, since there doesn't seem to be any regular pattern. PP is not in one of the VIP spots. But interestingly enough, she seems to have access to two spots. She uses the spot on her left to place her handbag and coat. I can only assume that she has a ticket for that second spot. Talk about an expensive coat check! She should auction off that ticket, and give the no-doubt hefty proceeds to charity! At least she is not hemmed in quite as much as previously thought.
  23. Amamaniac

    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    As do I yours.
  24. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    How's that for enthusiasm?!
  25. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Since I am only an observer and don't know the woman personally, I can't give a definitive answer. But my best guess is that the woman was holding a black-and-white photo of her late husband, and held it so that he could watch the action on the ring (from up on high). I personally question whether the people (usually women) who do this actually believe that the spirit of their dead spouses can actually watch, or that they simply want to have a reminder of their spouses with them since the latter are sorely missed...