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  1. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I'm guessing no. That would be too sudden a promotion for Mitakeumi considering he's just now able to produce double digits in the sanyaku level. A solid 11 or 12 wins next basho should be enough for Ozeki consideration if he wins the 2018 Nagoya basho.
  2. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    You mean this guys? https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZaJDkLRvXHJJH8mf9
  3. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Abi kinboshi!!! Kakuryu drops two in a row against rank and file wrestlers.
  4. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ikioi kinboshi!!! Kakuryu was depressed by Hakuho's kyujo hence his heart wasn't in the match today...
  5. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    Updates on some of the graphics packages of selected wrestlers. Onosho - https://photos.app.goo.gl/phYY3dCFnfY7ndHQ9 Takayasu - https://photos.app.goo.gl/vi79637JuoTJP0ne2 Ishiura - https://photos.app.goo.gl/f7GMfDr8C0GDaMyw1 Takakeisho - https://photos.app.goo.gl/bHoLBTufiCaSUtli1 And for those of you who watch Abema TV live sumo often, What does the button/graphics that appear near the lower right side of the screen sometimes during advertisements or matches? Any idea what it does/say/mean? I just keep pressing it as I'm scared if I don't, the streaming would stop. Haha. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ttPEy4wyakRZ9aAr8
  6. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Shodai gets to ride shotgun with Kakuryu in the parade car today.Just a quick question: I'm just curious who gets to determine who gets to ride with the yusho winner in the parade car? Are there special rules to facilitate this or special connection that the two should have like being in the same heya, a certain rank, besties etc. or is it just who ever raises their hands first and yell "Me! Me! Me!" when asked who wants to ride with the yusho winner gets picked for the honor?
  7. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    I remember last basho that Abema TV had a video on demand (VOD) for their sumo coverage. Do they still have those? I can't seem to find it on their sumo page. Anybody know the link it there is one? EDIT: Nevermind... I think I found it.
  8. I know its been a few days after NHK WORLD-JAPAN's live sumo with English commentary for this aired but I'd like to share my thoughts on it. I believe the commentators for that day are Raja Pradhan and another fellow named David Shapiro. I'm not quite familiar with David Shapiro though. I may have heard him during instances in Jason Harris YouTube videos when he turns up the volume so his viewers can hear the commentary for matches. So this will be the first time I'm hearing his commentary for an extended time. Also, I would just like to mention that I rarely hear English commentary in sumo coverage aside from the aforementioned tidbits from Jason's videos. The other occasion I was able to watch a sumo coverage with English commentary was last basho's Day 1 live sumo coverage by then NHK WORLD-TV with Murray Johnson and John Gunning as commentators which I thought was very well done. Having said that, I felt that Raja and David were perhaps a bit rattled and there were instances that they were just all-over the place with their commentary. They overdid themselves by trying to appeal to both the potential new audience watching from outside Japan and their usual English speaking audience at the same time to what I personally thought was a bit of a mess. Like over-explaining things but rather than clarifying the situation, I felt that it added more confusion to new viewers and frustration for the long-time sumo fans/viewers. Their explanations could have been made more succinct and just perhaps give the link and refer them to the NHK WORLD-JAPAN's page on sumo for further info. They just laid it too thick with all the explaining in my humble opinion. The graphics needed a bit of polishing too. It could have been perhaps spruced up a bit. I just felt it was too simple and bland. There are times where the graphics just appears and disappears too quickly. I also noted that there are times that the commentators just ignored the graphics on screen that I felt that they should be paying attention to or explaining a bit. Even if they do eventually pay attention to the graphics, the timing is off and the commentators tend to be left behind in their task to read or explain what was on the graphics displayed that they sounded like they were scrambling. Look, I'm not poo-pooing on the efforts of NHK WORLD-JAPAN's or the commentators' efforts here. There was just a noticeable drop in the quality of the broadcast compared to the last time they did it. I hope I didn't sound mean or too critical here because that's not my intention. I just wanted to do my part as a humble fan of the show and sumo to try and provide constructive criticism in the hopes of improving future versions of it. I do hope that NHK WORLD-JAPAN would continue and hopefully expand on their live sumo with English commentary coverage on the next tournaments. How about you guys? Were you able to catch the live coverage also? What did you like or not like about the coverage? Love to hear your thoughts.
  9. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Is the slap and grab/forearm blast at the tachi-ai considered a cheap move unworthy or beneath the rank of Yokozuna like henkas?
  10. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    Abema TV coverage has a lot of close up shots of Takanohana today. Hearing a lot of talk about Takanohana from the commentator as well. If only I can understand Japanese...
  11. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    A few more graphics for certain werestlers I got from today's Abema TV live sumo coverage: Aminishiki: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Lw8yAiywBHwNMhNt1 Chiyomaru: https://photos.app.goo.gl/faoRtABIGUOcUNL93 Hokutofuji: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KJqtJHEijOkbh7EG3 Ishiura: https://photos.app.goo.gl/f7GMfDr8C0GDaMyw1 Ryuden: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bpBjpeb4tk9wFn6x2 Takakeisho: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bHoLBTufiCaSUtli1 Yoshikaze: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZePmajytSa5Y722P2 Some Day 2 screenshots: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Stx6Tys4XWiL10nU2
  12. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    "It's time... Dr. Takasu."
  13. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Aminishiki got tripped today by Kyokutasei... Veteran Takekaze drops the mountain Aoiyama... Ishiura tries a henka against Arawashi but gets caught and reversed...
  14. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It was almost a clean sweep for the west side in Juryo in Day 2. Only Terunofuji broke the winning streak.
  15. Abema TV sumo 2018 all basho live

    There are a few changes I noticed in the Abema TV sumo coverage. The background music is looooouuuuddd! I swear I heard Drake there one time and even a "DJ KHALED!" poppin'. The girl commentator did sound as if she's 5 years old. A bit annoying with her frequent "Oh my gahd!" exclamations but this is nothing new as we know from the previous basho. The intro animation graphic for the selected rikishi who Abema TV deemed worthy to have one was still the same as from last basho but they did changed the graphic for when they show certain wrestler's stats (the one with the five-point wheel graph). I guess it looks a bit nicer than the ones during the previous basho. I only manage to catch the 2nd half of the program so I did not get to see if there were new wrestlers that got their own intro graphic packages aside from Hakuho. It'll be fun to hunt them down in the next few days. Here are some screenshots that I managed to get of the Abema TV 2018 May (Natsu) basho for Day 1 coverage. Day 1: https://photos.app.goo.gl/URMmCB6bByH2HRcM2 Hakuho: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DZgExjNgasqfNkHQ2 Abi: https://photos.app.goo.gl/w92SwBl7hjRAjnU52 Endo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/IW4mAShzVBClCY5m2 Goeido: https://photos.app.goo.gl/lJhjE3IvVQxenyK32 Ichinojo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/P0xjVo0QygEzzCB12 Ikioi: https://photos.app.goo.gl/269Pb1qjMeKCNq3H3 Kaisei: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LHElD3gSUuHlYxQg1 Kakuryu: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VttLKxHXZa6gfkPg1 Kotoshogiku: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hOJE4t4K7gLGxjuj1 Mitakeumi: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ORnu1LVT0UwzhJE83 Tamawashi: https://photos.app.goo.gl/k4d5mNpaylZC5iLF2 Tochinoshin: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KTQMwKuQVHLMWZIC3 Can someone also explain the content of the following pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GkZxVtiM3xkhnTL13 https://photos.app.goo.gl/Kg4RRse1uXfVRYLS2 https://photos.app.goo.gl/dxEUt1rZxXx8j1Yt2 https://photos.app.goo.gl/9RbQWCrgW99f6aei1