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    Kise, Isenoumi
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    Harumafuji, Ura, Ikioi, Yoshikaze, Daiseido

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  1. I used to watch the NHK coverage until I found various good quality YouTube digests precisely because NHK wasn't covering all the bouts. I know they are highlights, but if you can find a complete digest on YouTube that comes in at under 20 minutes then NHK can easily fit it into 30, allowing time for some replays and a bit of commentary. If I'm watching the NHK highlights I always fast forward through the (excessively long) theme and wholly unnecessary introduction - we don't need the dohyo measurements or rank pyramid every day for 15 days, Sumopedia is the better place for that sort of information. That's easily 3 minutes they could fill with actual coverage. I also agree with you re one replay and having more information in the rikishi graphics. Some form of spotlight on particularly interesting rikishi or exciting bouts from lower divisions would be nice. Given the recent juryo playoff and the impact on the makuuchi line up, that sort of information would actually help viewers learn more about what and who they are watching next basho. I also recently noticed that one particular commentator keeps mispronouncing names of certain rikishi. It's not huge (e.g. pronouncing Sadanoumi as Sadanumi) but it's irritating.
  2. Aki 2017- Sujo cartoon commentary

    Would you mind translating the last panel of that one please? Kitanofuji's comment seems to have made it into a few cartoons - something to do with a fishmonger's cat..? Is it like 'a kid in a sweet shop' type of expression? Many thanks.
  3. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Phew! Aww, thanks dude. Sorry, but for some reason it just really rankled with me. I hate seeing stuff like that, especially from a sanyaku. His desperation to hold onto his rank clearly got the better of him.
  4. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Would he at least get a telling off? Seems kind of off to let that go completely unmarked, especially when it was to decide his KK.
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Stunning comeback from Ama - very convincing putdown of Goeido both times. However, can someone enlighten me on the Mitakeumi hair pulling incident. He may not have grabbed the chonmage itself, but it was a definite hair pull. That's still illegal, right? Would they rectify the call after the tournament?
  6. Extra kanji on a tegata

    I recently saw a personalised tegata which featured, in addition to the usual handprint and signature (and recipient's name), the character '魂' ('tamashii' / 'soul') written across the handprint. What is the context of the use of '魂' here? Is it a sign-off (as in an esoteric 'sumo' way of stating 'from'...as in, 'with soul')? Something special for the recipient perhaps? I think I might be missing a cultural key... I've only found two examples of '魂' on a tegata, which are group ones: http://hashimoto-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/CIMG1100.jpg and https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/s524220424 From my cursory research it seems that large calligraphy characters for shingitai-type 'warrior traits' like '魂', '心' or '力' are not unusual nestled within a group piece but I can't find them on an individual's tegata (though plentiful examples of less earnest doodles by individuals - I'm looking at you, Harumafuji!). I'd be grateful to anyone who might be able to enlighten me.
  7. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I think that would be fittingly surreal for Wacky Aki.
  8. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I think Tanabe put up a better fight against him today than he has in the previous meetings, so at least he seems to be learning that Enho likes to come in low. However, Enho is even smaller than Ura. While I really admire the work he is doing and he is clearly very talented, I fear we may be having similar 'he needs to bulk up/be taller' discussions about him this time next year. It will be interesting to see how he adapts his style to the heavier divisions. But he is very exciting to watch for sure and I hope he does well.
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    And because the next two days' fixtures are already locked down for Harumafuji and Goeido, Asanoyama will not face either of them! At the risk of asking a very stupid question, I take it there isn't a requirement to fight either an ozeki or yokozuna in order to win a basho? Or is this just a very rare anomaly due to the timing and unusual kyujo circumstances?
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Coincidentally, today's episode of Sumopedia on NHK was about the tachiai. They rigged Uncle Giku with some sort of contraption and he generated 13G - equivalent to two tonnes!
  11. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 15 no changes

    Kise have confirmed on their FB page that it's a left ACL injury. They've lost a lot of men to this basho and that two ACL injuries in their camp for sekitori too...
  12. Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2017

    Correct. Though when I saw this thread, I thought I had accidentally logged into the HiNative language forum...
  13. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Just caught up with Kintamayama's video - brilliant! Also, naughty @Kintamayama - the penny has only just dropped as to the slang meaning of first two kanji of your pseudonym!
  14. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Was I the only one who positively cringed at this? When Ishiura was holding onto the back of Takurafuji's mawashi it reminded me of one of those Jason and the Argonauts type films with the tiny protagonist riding on the back of a giant flailing claymation cyclops.
  15. Sumo GIFs

    Hakuho's tegata factory assembly line.