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  1. On 04/08/2022 at 02:39, Asashosakari said:

    I strongly doubt that a Kyokai-supported initiative will be spotlighting anything or anyone below juryo. Not because it would target a niche audience, but because it goes against the whole "you're only somebody once you're a sekitori" ethos.

    Maybe it can be added to the list of privileges, updated for the 21st century: As you rise, you get more social media coverage to help build your personal brand. At Makushita, your face gets shown. At Juryo, you are identified by name. At Makuuchi, your bouts are shown. At Sanyaku, you get your own profile video with interviews.

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  2. 9 hours ago, Tiger Tanaka said:

    The first aim of an official channel like this I would think is to cast as wide of a net as possible and draw in a broader audience of new sumo fans who don't have access to the basics in terms of content. So I'm not sure sumo fanatics like the majority of posters are they key target demo?

    They may go deeper as these are the first jumping off intro videos. But if you're expecting top 5 matches from Jonidan division each day in a tourney, I don't think this will be the place to go. Maybe a highlight of ones to watch similar to what Tachiai does before and after each basho.

    I hope when we get features of jungyo, keiko, ceremonial events etc are focused more as these are areas that can draw in new casual viewers into the culture and behind the scenes, while giving English language fanatics content that is more difficult to get high produced content.

    I should think Hiro will try to strike a balance. No use attracting new fans if once you’ve got them you ignore them. You want repeat viewers/subscribers who keep coming back to drive up clicks and therefore revenue. It won’t be difficult to make content for newbies and seasoned fans. A lot of the time the same footage can be used for both, you just edit it differently. E.g. If Hiro makes a heya visit, he can grab footage of keiko to explain what keiko is to new fans, but also use the footage to talk about basho preparations that are of interest to existing fans who are curious about how their favourite rikishi are doing.

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  3. On 31/07/2022 at 01:46, Kintamayama said:

    Rant, explanations, anger-managemet..


    I can’t fathom the mindset of someone who gets upset about those things. All I’m here for is the bout footage. I don’t need all the extra detail that Natto has (not that I’m objecting to it). I appreciate the simplicity of your presentation style. I’m an avid enough fan that I don’t even need the rikishi names at all and if I want more info like recent rankings or form tables, I have the internet to check the DB. But okay, that’s me. I’m sure that stuff is useful for other people. But seriously, how hard it is just to ignore? It’s up for a few seconds at a time between fights. Hardly intrusive.

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  4. Whatever Hiro’s shortcomings as a commentator (and personally I’ve never been that bothered by his turn of phrase, tbh), I’ll be giving his YT channel my full support. I’ve already subscribed. Even if the content ends up being more miss than hit, it’s important to show there’s a market for anything at all. I’ve been a part of too many projects that got cancelled because of poor execution to know that decision makers readily write off good ideas because they weren’t executed well. I’m happy to give Hiro time to perfect his content.

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  5. On 25/07/2022 at 20:18, Seiyashi said:

    Post yūshō interview with Sankei: Ichinojō expresses a wish to aim for ōzeki.

    He can achieve that wish right now. It’s easy to aim for Ozeki. We can aim for Ozeki. He should be bolder and wish to actually become one. :-D

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  6. 1 hour ago, Seiyashi said:

    There's an awful load of laughs coming out this early in the yūshō interview. I'm intrigued to know what was actually said, and whether Ichinojō's awkwardness from being put on the spot has anything got to do with it.


    1 hour ago, Kaninoyama said:

    That's pretty much it. His Japanese isn't the greatest and I doubt he'd ever win a public speaking contest even in his own language. Plus I'm sure he's more nervous doing the interview than sumoing with a yusho on the line. 


    1 hour ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

    His expression towards the end of the interview was very much "Can I go now, sir?"

    Fear of the post-yusho interview in Japanese would me make me self-sabotage if I ever found myself close to winning a championship. 

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  7. 27 minutes ago, Octofuji said:

    With Ichinojo's win half of the top 16 on the current banzuke now have a yusho (including each of the top 6). The remaining eight are:

    Hoshoryu, Abi, Kiribayama, Takanosho, Kotonowaka, Ura, Wakamotoharu, Takayasu.

    Of these I could certainly see the first 5 winning a yusho at least once in their career.

    Finally we can complete the meme. Ichinojo joins the club of rikishi who have won hatsu yusho since Takayasu made Ozeki.


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  8. Damn, I timed my journey home for the worst time and missed the whole finale. Pleased to see Ichi took the yusho. His previous 13-2 and 14-1 JY’s would have won him the cup more often than not, so to have lost out a third time would have been cruel.

    Also, good to see Shodai make 10 wins meaning both surviving Ozeki made double digits. 

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  9. 40 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    Some interesting trivia courtesy of Asahi Ozumo's twitter account: East-side wrestlers lost 9 straight bouts in today's torikumi, stopped only by Meisei who overcame apparently bad hoodoo to mess up Ichinojō. What's the longest streak so far?

    I’m sure this has come up before, because I’m always looking at patterns and streaks like this … can’t remember if there was ever a definitive answer though.

  10. 28 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

    Well Meisei just blew this open

    If he beat Terunofuji we could say he blew it open, but beating the challenger Ichinojo probably just hands the yusho to the Yokozuna.

  11. RE: promotions and fairness. Not all promotions and demotions are equal. If a Maegashira gets unfairly dropped a few Maegashira ranks because he was forced out, that’s not that big an injustice. Their salary won’t change. But a Makushita being denied promotion to Juryo, or Juryo to Makuuchi has meaningful consequences. I’d find a way to correctly promote or demote those who actually deserve it, while limiting the impact to but not freezing the ranks of those were unfortunate to be made to go kyujo. 

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  12. 1 hour ago, robnplunder said:

    Not as bad as when MLB players went on strike and the "replacements" filled in the void.   

    Ooh, good idea. Let the forum members step in. Yusho winner gets bragging rights on here for years.

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  13. 32 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

    If you think that's bad, wait till the parade of fusen. They've gone through too many matches to try and stagger them so it looks like they'll do it all at one shot.

    If they just have them all line up at once that makes more sense than constant disruption tbh

  14. Just now, Seiyashi said:

    Yeah it was the first done, I think, if you mean first done as in bouts.

    Yeah. If the final bout of the day is to be a fusen, they usually bring it forward one so they can end on an actual fight. Wasn’t sure if they did the same at the beginning or not. Never noticed.

  15. Mitoryu being invited up from Juryo to accept a fusen win as Makuuchi’s opening bout is quality farce.

    (First in the schedule anyway. Was it the first done? I know they don’t like to end on a fusen so will adjust the order. Is that true for starts too?)

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  16. Damn. This is now at the point where I join in with calling it ridiculous. It wasn’t so bad with just half a dozen guys out — we get that from normal kyujo often enough — but it’s reached a point where the banzuke looks like an assassin working through a hit list. What happens next? Only three days to go so I suppose they will continue, but it throws up so many questions. Do rikishi who finish get treated differently in next basho’s banzuke? Does Wakatakakage’s basho get written off and not counted as part of a four-basho Ozeki run since he won’t get the chance to make 10 wins?

    Edit: Ignore me. WTK is still in. Mixed him up with KNW.

  17. 3 minutes ago, robnplunder said:

    If anyone can beat Terunofuji, it's Daieisho.   

    Not this time alas. At least Ichinojo won today to keep the tie going. 

  18. 6 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

    He's been dominant in his wins and getting stronger as the tourney goes on. Very much part of the yusho race this basho. 

    Kind of strange really, that after their slow starts and fans’ early pessimism, both Ozeki who remain have ended up having half-decent basho in the end. Takakeisho is in the yusho mix and Shodai has cleared kadoban with three days to spare. Double digits for both is now perfectly possible. Wouldn’t have predicted that after day 4 when Taka was 2-2 and Shodai 1-3. Fair play for turning it around.

    They face each other tomorrow though so something has to give.

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