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  1. Haado Gei sumo hoooo~~~
  2. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Kisenosato becoming the new Harumafuji in terms of gold star giveaways... He's giving away gold stars like Oprah is giving away cars... "You get a gold star! You get a gold star! You get a gold star! Everybody gets a gold star!" #CuckooKyushu
  3. Yes, those are the ones. #2 which is the opening theme for the odd-numbered days has additional footage/highlight reels added to it at the start to make the whole thing 2-minutes long. For the video on demand versions of the GRAND SUMO Highlights on NHK WORLD TV's website, they started trimming the opening themes which brings down the run time of the videos to around 23-minutes.
  4. NHK (not NHK WORLD TV) has a recap show as well during the very early hours of the next day but it's in Japanese. Jason from Jason's All-sumo channel in Youtube uses their footage he records in his DVR when he is unable to record the live matches in the afternoon. That program I believe is able to show all the bouts of the day and even has some time also to show, if I'm not mistaken, a graphic of the results of the Juryo matches at the middle of the show and also the top division match-ups later in the afternoon.NHK WORLD TV's GRAND SUMO Highlights just needs good time management for each bout. Restricting replays to one (unless the match nail-bitingly close) or no replays at all for straight-forward matches. Currently, the total run time of the NHK WORLD TV's GRAND SUMO Highlights is around 25 minutes. This includes the 2-minute opening theme. What they could probably do is streamline the opening theme to a minute or less (or ditch it completely). Lengthening the show to a 28-minute or full-pledged half hour program could also be an option but it could put off some viewers that think the program would be too long. Like the great Sweet Brown once said... "Ain't nobody got time for that!" The show is still in its infancy and so far it has been a good source of sumo for the first timers, casual and super-duper fans of the sport. Let's continue to support the show by watching it and letting NHK WORLD TV know about how the show could be further improved through their website and social media accounts. Hopefully, people running the show or someone that has a way of directly communicating with them would chance upon our discussions here in the forum and adapt our ideas. Paging Mr. @John Gunning-san!
  5. It's on the NHK WORLD TV website: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
  6. Anyone here watch NHK WORLD TV's GRAND SUMO Highlights in addition to the coverage of Kinta and Jason on YouTube? It's been over a year now since NHK WORLD TV launched its English commentary sumo recap show. Their coverage has been slowly and steadily getting better since it's original run. It's page/website too has started to have better content from information about sumo to mini videos explaining other aspects of the sport. But as the saying goes, "There's always room for improvement." What suggestions can you think of to further enhance the quality of the program? Below are some of my nitpicks off the top of my head. Opening Theme / First two minutes of the program The show features two different opening themes for odd and even numbered days of the basho. I personally like the opening theme for the odd numbered days better as it is action-packed and lively. It really gets you pumped up for sumo. The opening theme for the even numbered days is informative sure but it lacks that excitement factor. So if I was to choose, just stick with the odd numbered day opening theme. I do, however, would like to have the footages/highlight reels on it refreshed from time to time to reflect more of the current field of active rikishi/sekitori that are making waves and news in the sport. Basically, the current new hotness and up and coming rising stars. And of course, the Yokozunas, Ozekis, Sekiwake and Komusubi should be up there too somewhere. Featured matches Ideally, would love to see all the bouts but I'm OK with picking of the exciting ones for this program. 12-15 matches aren't that bad I guess. I just don't like it when they do 2-3 replays in a match. I guess it's OK if the match in question is particularly close and exciting. Other than that, one replay will suffice. Also, in the graphic before the match starts, I'd like to see included a bit more information about the wrestlers such as their age, stable and their head-to-head win-loss records. Graphic recap/rundown of all top division matches A simple table of the matches of the day with a highlight of the winner of the bout and the current win-loss records of the rikishi. Surely they can spare a few seconds of this towards the end of the program. How about you guys? Are there elements you want added or removed to make your GRAND SUMO Highlights viewing experience better?
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I just texted Mitakeumi... Told him not to do it again... He says he is sorry...
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Once the match is over there are no backsies... They could have called a judges conference but they did not seem to see the need to so the match results stands.
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Comeback is real! #WackyAki2017
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yoshikaze should get the 'Most Blood Spilt" award.
  11. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    If you get the most number of wins at the end of the tournament, you win the cup. Plain and simple. It's just the circumstances surrounding this basho that Asanoyama wouldn't be matched-up against an Ozeki or Yokozuna. He started to get hot after the 1st week and the leader board was just whack #WhackyAki The matchmakers probably didn't anticipate him being in contention until it was too late. I guess he can be matched up with a Sekiwake or Komusubi at the final day? And yeah, all those injuries and pull-outs were a huge factor #AckyAki
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Just the one win cushion for Goeido heading into the last 2 days of the basho. Harumafuji and Asanoyama hot on Goeido's trail. Boy wouldn't it be crazy if Goeido let's this slip out of his hands. Asanoyama for the yusho! Woohoo! :D
  13. Not quite... It's not part of the surname and it's not a personal name either. Here in the Philippines, our names are composed of three parts. The FIRST/GIVEN NAME, MIDDLE NAME (or MIDDLE INITIAL) and your LAST NAME/SURNAME/FAMILY NAME. The first/given name can be one, two or three names (or more -- depending on how much you hate your child. Hehe. I don't know if there are people who give their child more than three first/given names. At least in my experience, I've never seen it done.) The middle name is the mother's maiden last name/surname. It's usually just abbreviated to its first initial hence its other designation, the MIDDLE INITIAL. The last name/surname/family name is of course, the father's last name/surname/family name. Sometimes, a particular last name/surname/family name can be traced back to a particular province, city, municipality and town. So basically, the middle name is a good piece of information used here in the Philippines to try and trace someone's hometown, provincial origins, family tree, genealogy, etc. Using Kotokuzan's name as an example. JASPER KENNETH would be his first name/given name. ARBOLADURA would be his middle name (or A. as a middle initial). And TERAI would be the LAST NAME/SURNAME/FAMILY NAME. Hope this helps clear things up a bit :)
  14. Yes, ARBOLADURA would be his middle name which is from his mother's maiden surname.
  15. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    #WackyAki #AkiBreaky is in full effect! What a day! So much uncertainty and wildness. Last September 2016 started all this and it is coming full circle. Just an insane basho...