Tiger Tanaka

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  1. Tiger Tanaka

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I love Daieisho's style of sumo. Very under the radar, underappreciated rikishi. While he has likely maxed out at upper maegashira (maybe a short one-off K/S debut), on his best day he can be pesky for even the top rikishi and pull upsets like today. Well done Daieisho!
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    Takakeisho injury update

    A win is a win, especially when you've got a one-time shot at 10 to regain Ozeki status. But pre-injury Takekeisho's double arm thrusts seemed much stronger than what we saw today. Keep fighting Tak!!
  3. Tiger Tanaka

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    All the pre-banzuke talk about opening an extra sanyaku slot, which would have resulted in Hokutofuji being a Komusubi; meanwhile, Hokutofuji non-chalantly pockets some extra change for the rest of his career with kinboshi #6. Well done!!
  4. Tiger Tanaka

    Sumo films

    Great content @sumojoann, really enjoyed watching the behind the scenes shooting of You Only Live Twice!
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    Sumo films

    Wow, great insight @sumojoann, thank you for the thorough research! I was wondering if Taiho was in the picture. I wonder why they went with Sadanoyama to have the more prominent speaking role, as Taiho was so dominant during this time. Also wondered who was in the match. And I'm assuming the bout was just an exhibition? I doubt they'd let a film crew get so up close and personal during an actual match; the rikishi didn't even come close to touching the ground before the tachiai!
  6. Tiger Tanaka

    Sumo films

    Would love to get a comprehensive list of films Japanese or not that display sumo in some regard. Just watched 1959's Yasujiro Ozu's 'Good Morning' and the young kids all try to huddle around a tv to watch Wakanohana I. I missed from the dialogue who the opponent was. They didn't show the match, just the pre-fight rituals. The other one for me up until this point was the Bond film You Only Live Twice, which features a small speaking role for Sadanoyama. Bond enters the rikishi area to get his ticket to the sumo. Would love to know if anyone else can point out other rikishi that were in the warm up area during that scene.
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    Wonder what this means... One of the commenters said "When is your next fight?" and he responded "Bigger news ;)" Can anyone gather anything from the non-english text and comments?
  8. Tiger Tanaka

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    The last time there was an extra S slot was when Kotoshogiku got demoted in March 2017 I believe. In that case, Tamawashi had a KK as Sekiwake in January and Takayasu had an 11-4 record at K1e to give him the bump to Sekiwake. Kotoshogiku slotted in as S2e. 8-7 for Abi doesn't seem to have similar circumstances. Mitakeumi was 9-6 that March at K1e and did not get a bump to Sekiwake but stayed as is because Kotoshogiku managed a 9-6 record at ozekiwake and thus did not earn his promotion back to O, but stayed at S. I think 11 wins from the next banzuke rank down would be needed to force an extra spot above, which neither Abi nor Hokuto got close to.
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    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

    Thank you for the memories Aminishiki! I'm still a relative newcomer to sumo (Early 2017). So when I first started watching I heard about Aminishiki trying to return to Makuuchi and how everyone was pulling for him as the beloved veteran amongst the sekitori ranks. When I started seeing his matches, I saw why. His ability to use every trick in his book, giving every ounce of effort, all while having knees held together by chewing gum and some recycled safety pins made me also fall in love with him. It wasn't until after seeing a few matches that I read up on his history and saw that he started sumo when I was in the 4th grade (1997!) and was the last active rikishi to give Takanohana a kinboshi. Getting to see him return to Makuuchi, get his KK, and special prize on final day at age 39 will always be a special moment I remember.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Ryuden will never be the most exciting rikishi, but I absolutely love his fundamentals. He seems to always put himself in the right positions to do everything he can to neutralize his opponent's best weapon and gain leverage to pull a throw. It's not flashy, but it's effective and takes tremendous skill. Keep gambarizing Ryuden! This was one of those Hakuho matches that just lets you take a step back and appreciate that you are watching the best to ever do it. His reflexes and reactions are unmatched and far superior to any other active rikishi. His mind is doing thousands of permutations of every possible little movmenet by his opponent and knows each and every counter move to imploy at just the right moment in the blink of an eye with absolute percision. Fantastic. Let's go Mitakeumi! He has shaken off a rare lapse on Day 1 where he lost his normally superior balance and center of gravity, leading to only his 3rd loss via slapdown in the past year. I hope he can rally for a 10-12 win basho.
  11. Tiger Tanaka

    Promotion Discussion thread - Natsu 2019

    @Asashosakari, your content is always greatly appreciated. The fact that many of us panic when life and other items of higher priority take precedence, shows how much we value your contributions. The promotion/demotion discussion is one I have great fun in reading and your analysis provided me with so much insight when getting started into sumo and still does today. Don't take our craving for your continued content as a negative, we appreciate any time you give up to provide us with your knowledge! The same goes for the many content generators of this site: @Akinomaki and his kensho tracker, spirited rikishi results, new recruits to watch, and daily pictures @naganoyama for his Heya watch, and Upper and Lower division leaderboards @amamaniac and the Bout Length tracker @kintamayama and his endless stream of great content and knowledge @mbovo for his coverage of the bashos And the countless others who contribute their knowledge. I picked up the nuances of this amazing sport so quick thanks to all of the insight on these boards, as have so many more before me. So thank you all!
  12. Tiger Tanaka

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Congrats to Asanoyama!!! I hope he can show continued success in the sanyaku ranks in Nagoya I hope we can get one more run of dominance from Hakuho before the 2020 olympics. It's been three years since he's completed three consecutive basho. While the parity is fun and always exciting (whether a good clean basho or messy like this past tourney), there is no dominant force like Hakuho on the horizon and so I wouldn't mind seeing one last run of utter dominance from the boss.
  13. Tiger Tanaka

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    I think that storyline is a little misleading. Most of his poor 2nd week's were because he was at Sekiwake rank and facing the top rankers in the 2nd week. He will drop random matches against rikishi that he normally has no trouble disposing of. For him to take his sumo to the Ozeki level, he needs to dispatch of the maegashira on a more regular basis. With Hokutofuji, Tochinoshin, Endo, Daieisho, Chiyotairyu, Okinoumi, Abi on the docket, a rikishi ready to make an Ozeki run would go 6-1 and finish with an 11-4 record. 10-5 would be acceptable, but anything less would be disappointing for my favorite rikishi.
  14. Tiger Tanaka

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    Bad luck for Mitakeumi who should be one off the pace. Hopefully he can display mental resolve and come up strong and not let this defeat change the momentum of the great sumo he displayed in week 1. With only Tochinoshin left on his schedule fom Sanyaku, Mitakeumi should still be able to put up a 10-5 or 11-4 record.
  15. Tiger Tanaka

    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    What would have happened if Hokutofuji and Tochinoshin knocked themselves out with their brutal face and chest claps before the match has a chance to begin. Double fusensho??