POST AKI 2019 UPDATE
Second update of the original post, this basho was a good and eventful one for the young guys so there's a lot to say. Just like I did last time, I'm adding the new information in red so you guys can easily spot the changes.
Takakeisho Mitsunobu (23) - Chiganoura beya
Highest rank : Ozeki 1 Yusho, 3 Jun Yusho , 8 special prizes (3 Gino-sho, 3 Shukun-sho , 2 Kanto-sho) 3 kinboshi
175 cm 169 kg Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi
Record this basho : S1W 12-3 The now 23 years old Takakeisho found himself back to Sekiwake as a result of sitting out completely last basho. The Sekiwake spell won't last long though as he was able to get the 10 wins needed as early as day 12 therefore garanteeing his return to Ozeki next basho. Not only that but he actually went on and won two more to finish 12-3. Cherry on top, he even had a chance to win the yusho had he won the play off against rival Mitakeumi. Yes he didn't win it, but given Takakeisho's lack of training prior to the basho it was a magnificent perfomance from him. His decision to start actual training only a few days before the basho to get more time to heal raised concerns at the time but it's now fair to say it was the call to make. Takakeisho surprised everyone by starting 5-0 which put him in a very good position right away and his confidence and sumo only improved from there. From his first bout against Daieisho on day 1, we could tell he was moving well and healthy but he looked a bit rusty. He looked better and more confident as the days went by and even had very dominant wins in the second half. Looking at his losses: he lost that bout to Endo by slipping on the gyoji's slipper, and was pushed down by Chiyotairyu and Goeido the only two times his leg movement didn't follow his upper body at the tachi ai. No doubt he is a special talent and even though he missed on his second yusho this time I wouldn't be surprised to see him get it soon enough.
Mitakeumi Hisashi (26) - Dewanoumi-beya
Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Yusho, 8 Special prizes (2 Gino-sho, 5 Shukun-sho ,1 Kanto-sho) 2 kinboshi
180 cm, 177 kg (+2) Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi
Record this basho S1E 12-3 Y The basho didn't start well from Mitakeumi who lost to Asanoyama on day one and was up two kilos despite stating he wanted to lose weight. For one moment I thought this basho would be another 9-6 for him. I was wrong. Mitakeumi relied on a very good tachi-ai and turned things around. He was KK as early as day 10 securing his place in Sanyaku for the 17th straight basho and completely avoided consecutive losses which he only managed once before: Nagoya last year- his first yusho. Every time he was questionned about the race Mitakeumi answered the same thing : "my goal is to get to 10 wins", his first goal this basho was to finaly manage to get double digits to start another ozeki run, 12 wins+ yusho is a nice start, I expect him to aim for double digits again for the next two basho but a yusho or even a jun yusho next basho should be enough to get him to ozeki to start 2021. One thing his certain Mitakeumi, just like Takakeisho, is a special talent and his first yusho was not a fluke. He now has as many yusho as all three current ozeki combined.
Asanoyama Hideki (25)- Takasago-beya
Highest Rank: M1E 1 Yusho 5 special prizes ( 2 Shukun-Sho, 3 Kanto-sho) 1 kinboshi
188 cm (+1) 171 kg (-6) Favourite style : Migi yotsu-yori
Record this basho M2W 10-5 For just his second basho in the joi-i ranks after his 7-8 showing last basho Asanoyama showed great signs of improvement, getting double digit wins including his first kinboshi and the scalps of the two ozeki. He reminded me a bit of prime Kisenosato at times with his great defense at the edge and his powerful yotsu attack. Well deserved Shukun-sho for Asanoyama (his second). Despite getting a double digit record as a M2 Asanoyama may have to wait again for his sanyaku debut though unless the banzuke committee somehow decides to add extra slots for him and Hokutofuji...
Abi Masatora (25)- Shikoroyama beya
Highest rank: Komusubi 2 kanto-sho 2 kinboshi
185 cm (-2) 152 kg (+2) favourite style : Tsuki/oshi
Record this basho: K1E 9-6 Another solid basho for Abi who secured his place in sanyaku for the second straight basho (one of his wins is a fusen and another one a hairpul hansoku against Tochinoshin though) That loss to Myogiryu on senshuraku was a tough one as Abi looked like he injured his ankle and was denied a 10th win that could have started a run.
Hokutofuji Daiki (27) Hakkaku-Beya
Highest rank : Komusubi 1 Jun-Yusho 1 Gino-sho 6 kinboshi
183cm (-1) 161 kg (-1) favourite style : Oshi
Record this Basho M1W 9-6 Everything started well for Hokutofuji who beat Yokozuna Hakuho on day 1 to get his 6th career kinboshi (!) but the ideal start turned into a nightmare first week as Hokutofuji went on to lose 6 in a row after that. To counter the bad luck he switched back to his blue mawashi for the second week and came back as a completely different man winning 8 straight and looking unstopable. Unfortunately even with a 9-6 record as M1E Hokutofuji will probably be denied a return to sanyaku for the second straight time unless the committee somehow decides to add a spot for him.
Tomokaze Yuta (24 ) Oguruma beya
Highest rank M3W 1 Shukun-Sho 2 Kinboshi
185 cm (+2) 181 kg (+1) Style : Tsuki oshi/ Hatakikomi
Record this basho M3W 7-8 Tomokaze's KK streak finaly came to an end this basho after he finished with a 7-8 losing record for the first time of his career. Despite that he did quite well for his first basho in the jo-i ranks beating Ozeki Goeido but more importantly beating Yokozuna Kakuryu for the second basho in a row (therefore getting his 2nd Kinboshi) and dedicating the win to his recently friend and mentor Yoshikaze. 6 of his seven wins were via Hatakikomi and the stat is even worse if we start last basho. With such a big body Tomokaze would be way more dangerous by mixing things up and going forward more. Right now his opponents are expecting him to pull and taking advantage
Daieisho Hayato (25) Oitekaze-beya
Highest rank M2E 1 kinboshi
182 cm (+1) 160 Kg Style : Oshi-tsuki
This basho : M3E 8-7 Another solid basho from the underappreciated Daieisho in the joi rank, getting his first kinboshi as well as Tochinoshin's scalp while producing solid sumo even when losing.
Meisei Chikara (23) Tatsunami beya
Highest rank M4E
179 cm (-1) 147 kg (-3) Style: Hidari yotsu-yori
Record this basho: M10E 10-5 As expected Meisei did very well at that low rank after a rough first jo-i experience last basho. He'll be back to the top next time and will be looking to do better.
Enho Akira (24) Miyagino beya
Highest rank M11W 1 Gino-sho
168 cm 98 (-1) kg Style : Acrobatic ninja ( hidari yotsu, shitatenage...)
Record this basho M11 W 9-6 Second straight 9-6 record for the little guy at his highest rank. Enho is a joy to watch every day but it'll be interesting to see how he'll do in the upper half of makuuchi. He faced a lot of bottom half guys again this basho (only faced 4 guys ranked above M10 but finished 3-1)
Onosho Fumiya (23) Oonomatsu- Beya
Highest rank : Komusubi 3 Kanto-sho 1 kinboshi
177cm 159 kg (-1) Style : Tsuki oshi
M11E 9-6 Onosho finished with a 9-6 record at M11 which is not bad but with his level of talent it still feels a bit dissapointing. He looked much better in the second half though winning his last 6.
Terutsuyoshi Shoki (24 ) Isegahama
Highest rank M9 E 1Jun yusho 1 Kanto-Sho
169 cm 116 kg Style : acrobatic ninja ( migi-maemitsu/nage )
Record this basho M9 4-11 Nightmare basho at his highest ever rank for the little guy. Probably climbed the ranks too high and too fast after his stellar performance last basho.
Takagenji Satoshi (22) Chiganoura Beya
Highest rank M10W
191cm 172kg Style Tsuki-Oshi
M17 4-11 Second straight nightmare basho for Takagenji who will be back to juryo next time. Didn't look healthy and was probably confused by all the noise surrounding his twin brother. Nice win on day 14 against Terutsuyoshi but that about the only positive thing I can find to say about him this basho
Shodai Naoya (27) Tokitsukaze-beya
Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Kanto-sho 1 Kinboshi
183 cm (-1) 167 kg (+2) Style : Migi Yotsu yori
Record this basho M4W 3-12 Pathetic performance from Shodai, probably his worst basho in Makuuchi. He'll fall down in the lower half for the first time in ages. He should do well there so hopefully he'll get a confidence boost from it Kakuryu potentially joining the stable may be a good thing for him. He is training with him a lot already but I expect the yokozuna to give him more advice if they become heya mates. Kyushu is his home basho so he'll get the homecrowd support as well.
Yutakayama Ryota (26) Tokitsukaze Beya
Highest rank M2E 1 Jun Yusho, 1 Kanto-sho
184 cm (-1) 177 kg (+2 New wife's food...) Style: Tsuki oshi
M16 10-5 Good performance from Yutakayama at the bottom of Makuuchi, married life seems to affect him in a positive way so far. His style is still messy and relies on power more than accuracy but he's shown some cool moves here and there like his kotenage against Tochiozan on day 1 or his Hikkake win against Chiyoshoma. Turned 26 on senshuraku.
Kagayaki Taishi (24 )Takadagawa
Highest rank M4w
M13 6-9 MK Another basho, another mediocre result for Kagayaki. Probably shouldn't even make the list but he is young and Makuuchi regular...
Yago Takanori (24 ) Oguruma beya
Highest rank M10w
187cm 183 kg (+5) style : Hidari yotsu-yori
J4 8-7 Another average basho for Yago down in juryo. He managed to get a KK but that won't be enough for him to return to makuuchi. Probably shouldn't make the list either...