Yatagarasu

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About Yatagarasu

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    Harumafuji, Ura, Ikioi, Yoshikaze, Hokutofuji, Abi

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  1. Yatagarasu

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I was very disappointed with Hakuhou's tachiai today. It didn't seem respectful of his opponent's standing or worthy of his own rank. But Kisenosato may as well be fighting with one arm tied behind his back. That left side has absolutely no power. :( I was also surprised that this was not the musubi no ichiban for today. I would have thought that match would have been fairly high profile. I am also getting fearful that Tochinoshin may not scrape his KK together. I hope he does though. It would be a shame for him to lose it this way and so soon.
  2. Yatagarasu

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's reassuring re the YDC. For my part, I hope he won't retire just because he feels he hasn't fulfilled a (frankly unrealistic) self-imposed goal. While he will never return to pre-injury fitness, there is still much improvement to be made on what he's currently showing, but this will only come with a few tournaments back in the saddle. Hope he won't decide prematurely. But I suppose any decision may boil down to whether he wants to simply participate in sumo or truly be competitive and if he concludes that yushos are now firmly beyond his grasp (even if he manages to get respectable scores), I could understand to some extent a decision to retire.
  3. Yatagarasu

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Kisenosato actually looked like he was crying after that bout. He was definitely kicking himself. On his current form he's lucky to have KK'd at all in my view, and I have doubts now that he won't make 10. Nobody was expecting him to take the yusho with the rest of the pack present and after such a long hiatus, but he's just imploded after a fairly strong start. It wasn't anything amazing in terms of the sumo (forgiveable on this occasion) but he was getting the job done. I think he's run out of stamina now. He really needs 10 or I fear he'll get criticised by the YDC. Hopefully Tochinoshin can hold on to his rank. I think that facial injury set him back a bit and he's been taking his tachiais gingerly as a result, but he got a good grip early on and finished the job. What on earth was that Takayasu-Hakuhou bout all about? I just.... I have no words.
  4. Yatagarasu

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Can someone please explain the Kagayaki-Chiyonokuni call to me? I thought that was a clear-cut Chiyonokuni win for sure. No shinitai as far as I was concerned. Not so much as a mono-ii.
  5. Yatagarasu

    Itai death

    There's something very poignant about the fact that his tsukebito was still taking care of him.
  6. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Because Mitakeumi had won his first yusho with that victory. It was nothing to do with Tochiozan himself.
  7. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Yoshikaze had a fire under him today. It was so good to see. He does still look ill, but I’m glad to hear he is taking strength from his supporters. I hope he can recover from whatever injury he has. Mitakeumi’s bout with Yutakayama was far better than the ozeki clash. Yutakayama clearly wanted to make the point that he was also a force to be reckoned with. His determination last basho has translated into good victories this time. I think both he and Asanoyama will return strong in Aki, having been within touching distance (as far as the numbers go) of the winning yusho score. Hokutofuji also had another good day and has more than returned to form I concur with the other comments about this being a changing of guard basho. It has given us a glimpse of the future, which has an array of strong and diverse rikishi. I think it will be interesting to see it play out. Given this was a nokozuna basho, there are question marks for me over the current ozeki (Tochi excepted due to his kyujo). Takayasu has yet to yusho and Goeidou’s zensho feels like a century ago. They just don’t seem Yokozuna material in the long run, and the younger ones seem to have brighter long terms prospects to my mind.
  8. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Congratulations to Mitakeumi. A well deserved yusho. Nice to see Yoshikaze finally break the duck. It’s also good to see the fans being so supportive of him. I realise Takayasu is injured but on the whole we should have seen a stronger performance from the two remaining ozeki during the tournament.
  9. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Trouble is, it really isn’t that sudden. There has been a very steady decline in the last three basho. I really hope that it isn’t some sort of concussive condition but wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes that way eventually. Hopefully nothing more sinister than some sort of virus or flu coupled with the heat. The careful handling by other rikishi suggests that they know what’s up even if the heya is saying nothing.
  10. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Ugh that was a nasty kotenage against Chiyonokuni. Hope it hasn’t resulted in a full on injury. Another vote for a torinaoshi on the Mitakeumi-Takayasu bout. It was too close to call. And Yoshikaze...well that was heartbreaking to watch. Even Chiyomaru was taking care in how he dealt with him. I had my doubts about an intai but I really hope one isn’t on the cards.
  11. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    These last few days Hokutofuji has been wonderfully energetic and strong. Actually more so than before his neck injury. He seems to not only be healed, but fitter than his arrival in makuuchi. That bout with Asonoyama was an absolute belter. By contrast, the Ichinojou-Yoshikaze bout was very odd and practically played in slow motion. Takayasu looked doubly shocked today after his fall - firstly that it was Kaisei who dispatched him and secondly, as though he hasn't been thrown like that by an opponent for a very long time. Plus injuries of course. All hail Chiyonokuni! He has really blossomed over the last two basho and shown a good array of skills. He is showing thoughtful and intelligent strategy. I like his versatility. Mitakeumi looking pretty genki.
  12. Yatagarasu

    Sumo and Social Media

    Ah ok - sorry, I hadn't realised. Well, the Twitter sumo community seems quite busy, including the NSK account, which also posts stuff from Jungyo and the yobidashi building the dohyo, which is cool to see. There are a number of Japanese and international accounts in many languages run by individuals who are quite good at scanning for content and retweeting it to their own audiences or posting news and short clips of interesting bouts; the Chiyonokuni-Takayasu bout got a lot of coverage, as did the Hattorizakura 'victory'. It's hard to tell if they attract 'younger' audiences, but they are certainly in the right online place. The individual rikishi accounts also provide a way for fans to interact directly with their heroes, so I guess might be popular with the younger generation and international fans as they are more accessible to send message of congratulations, etc. I suppose it's all part of the same broader publicity machine to refresh the sport.
  13. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    It reminded me of these guys [cats playing patty cake]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v57k_Mx_VAI
  14. Yatagarasu

    Sumo and Social Media

    The NSK and Abema TV have official Twitter (and possibly instagram) accounts through which they share photos, the latter sharing teaser clips also. Seems to be quite a strong presence of rikishi and heya on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too, with behind the scenes photos and videos. If you want specific accounts, I can put some links up here later when I have more time.
  15. Yatagarasu

    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Asanoyama's really found his rhythm. He's on good form. And a valiant effort from Chiyonokuni against Mitakeumi. Ichinojou was very disappointing indeed; he seems to be carrying the weight for no good reason. Goueidou was really lucky at the end; that was not his bout at all.