Eikokurai

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  1. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Russia invades Ukraine, Shanghai goes into lockdown, and now Aoiyama as sole leader of a honbasho ... the chaos of 2022 continues.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Haramufuji's HNH's were usually shoulder hits, followed by a sidestep. HNH has seemingly now evolved to just putting your hand on the shoulder. To me, that's different, but I guess it doesn't ultimately matter whether we all agree.
  3. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I reiterate: they are both henkas. HNH is not a real thing - it's just something made up by fans. Any sideways movement to avoid the tachiai is a henka no matter what the rikishi does next.
  4. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    A HNH requires an initial shoulder hit before moving rapidly to the side. Harumafuji mastered pulling out of the tachiai while his opponent was still coming forward, making it appear henka-like but was still a legit tachiai. Quick hit and then use the speed to move left or right before the aite has recovered balance. Hoshoryu went straight to the side. Normal henka. Not that it matters, because HNH isn't a real thing anyway. It's just a henka with a bit of foreward movement as the rikishi goes sideways, which is arguably easier to pull off than disguising the intent to do a pure sidestep.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai goes back to being Shodai after a one-day blip. 1-4. Same as last time. Kadoban in July?
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Difficult second album for Wakatakakage. No Ozeki promotion unless he wins out. Cheap win by Hoshoryu with the henka. Why's he doing that on day 5 against a rikishi his own size? Lame. Brother Wakamotoharu for the yusho this time though? That'd be fun.
  7. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Exciting utchari attempt by Ura on Wakamotoharu. Came to nothing though! Torinaoshi.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Takakeisho wins and Shodai finally turns up, albeit needing to turn the tables on Takayasu. He's avoided a repeat of the 0-4 from last time.
  9. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Ah ... Wakatakakage's Ozeki promotion this time around is looking very unlikely. 2-2 after four days leaves him with little margin of error. He can perhaps afford one more loss, two if the Kyokai are feeling very generous. I think the best he can probably hope for now though is to hit 10 and count this as the middle basho in a run.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Meisei is truly hapless right now. What's going on? He had Aoiyama voluntarily going backwards and still conspired to lose to one of the least mobile men in makuuchi.
  11. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Looked like a clear defeat to Mitakeumi to me, to be honest. Mita was airborne and in no control of his own fate. No issue for me counting him as dead body.
  12. Eikokurai

    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    All three Ozeki lose today …
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Good win for Kotonowaka. Bad loss for the gyoji though. Not sure why he gave the win to Mitakeumi first, tbh. Even if he thought it was close, you give it to the guy still on his feet, surely.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Kotoshoho and Nishikigi leaving nothing in the ring today! Great tussle. Terutsuyoshi and Tochinoshin also delivering plenty of entertainment. Tochi tried the trademark tsuridashi but Teru defended well. Wakamotoharu snatching victory at the death there with some fine balance and strength on the bales. Some good bouts today. Wakatakakage gets a good win over Endo. Needed that. Can't afford too many slip ups this week. Shodai, Shodai, Shodai ... yet another basho opened with a streak of losses. I would say good win for Daieisho, but ...
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Shodai is doing a Shodai again. 0-2 start. Tbf, he was in the fight and should have won, but it was one of those where a split second makes a difference.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Takakeisho may have won, but he didn't look like he had much power yet again. I don't know whether he's consciously changing his style away from the wave attack he's known for to keep himself in the fight longer, or if there's something there bothering him.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    First blow in Wakatakakage's Ozeki run. He can't afford to drop more than four total I think, and realistically three, if he's going to secure the promotion this basho.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I didn't like the way Tochinoshin's unstrapped knee gave out there. Hope he hasn't done himself more damage.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Ah, sumo returns. I need this: I’ve been stuck in lockdown for five weeks (and working from home for another four before that, going out once a week for groceries, so effectively nine weeks inside). Though I couldn’t catch today’s action live, I shall be sure to have it on screen Mon-Fri while working (one of the few perks). It will help with routine, as Haru did for me in March. Anyway, some intriguing results today. Takakeisho looked powerless in his loss, as did Terunofuji obviously. Daieisho has a great record against him now. Doesn’t bode too well for the too guys lasting 15 days, but Ozeki-chasing Wakatakakage could benefit from a weakened sanyaku corps. Good start from him, and his brother. Both Waka beat a Fuji by yorikiri.
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    Sumo ABC help required

    Nice idea but the names are Japanese which doesn’t use all 26 letters. ‘L’ doesn’t exist at all, for example, which is why it’s so notoriously hard for Japanese speakers to pronounce.
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    Guess this thread needs an update.
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    Podcast

    Thank god for VPNs and the decent streams this gives me access to.
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    Podcast

    I've thought of doing a sumo podcast of my own ramblings, but then I'd have to reveal what I sound like to you all.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Waka-Waka is what they’ll call the era when both Waka brothers are Yokozuna.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What are you guys on about? Wakatakakage is easy to say. But then I used to get on a train at Nishinakajima-Minamigata station every day, so I got pretty used to wrapping my mouth around Japanese words pretty early.