Itachi

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  1. Itachi

    Banzuke Surfing

    jd25w Sawai Just because I can.
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    Sumo Games-Just how many are there?

    I've played at least 14 of the games on the list up there and also one that is no longer active, Oddsumo. I've had to cut back on the amount of time I spend on the games so I only played 7 this time. 2 of those were just try outs and I'll try to keep one of them going next time (Salary Cap). I'm shifting to pre-basho games more because I like following the results each day but can't keep up with making a lot of daily picks. My BIG THREE includes Benchsumo and Seki-Toto for reasons that are probably obvious. The third one for me is the Juryo Game because I like having my attention drawn to the lower divisions, I've had lots of success at it (made it to Ozeki this year), and the game play has been modified to make it even better over the years. I wish there were a Makushita game. I'd be unable to resist making entries for that! Itachi
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    The "how did you do in the games" thread ...

    I feel rather beaten and battered this tournament but my results aren't that bad in my main games. In order of senority; Benchsumo: 7-8 from the top of Juryo - I really want to return to Makuuchi but I just haven't played the gaem that well lately. Sekitoto: 10-5 from upper Makuuchi - I think I may have been in sanyaku once before. This probably isn't good enough to get back there. Juryo Game: My best game, this is my debut as Ozeki. I just barely earned kachikoshi - how embarrasing! 8-7 and a bit lucky to have done so well. I really dropped the ball with my lower division calls. At least I nailed the yusho pick! Guess the Yusho Winners: 10-5 not great but I'll continue moving up the banzuke even if those ranked near me move up faster. Banzuke Surfing: I was the only one to pick 6-1 Jonidan 97 or so Takamiryu. My joker form Jonokuchi also went 6-1 so I really can't complain. Unfortuately, much like GTYW the top rank grows with the success of the leaders and those ranked ahead of me are pulling even further away. I might be in 3rd place overall but I've lost ground to #1 and #2. Salary Cap Sumo: 3-12! Wow, I know I'm not the greatest sumo gamer but I thought I was competitive. I guess my strategy for this game was a total failure. Back to the drawing board, I'll try to do better in May. Ciber Sumo (Not Cybersumo) : My three rikishi finished 4-3; 3-4; and I can't remember but probably 2-5 or worse. I entered late so everyone's ranked right near the bottom and I'm going to let them drop right off the banzuke. I may give this game another shot in the future but probably not in May. That's my story. I think I got off easy because my results aren't that bad but I feel like I underperformed. I'm glad I didn't go mk in Juryo and make the promotion committee look bad because I just barely earned that promotion. I hope to justify my rank next time.
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    Banzuke Surfing

    Will Takamiryu make it to Sandanme on a 6-1 from Jd97? It would be nice to have the whole of Jonidan to pick from. I guess my joker was wasted. Masutoo did fine but I didn't end up needing him. Perhaps I'll forego the insurance next basho.
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    Day 12 lower division results

    I've been too busy to notice my 'adopted' rikishi this tournament and now that it's almost over, I'll share their results with you. Sandanme lifer Sasaki just picked up his 2nd win but has already gone mk, now at 2-4. He had a terrific basho last time which catapulted him up to the top of Sandanme where he's a bit out of his element. It's probably too late for him to blossom into even a Makushita regular but I've been watching him since he emerged from Jonidan in the first place so I guess I'll keep on watching. Perhaps one day I'll even be able to see him in action on one of Dale's movies. Makushita inmate Nishikikaze is ranked in the lower middle of that division as usual and improved to 3-3 on day 12. 3-4 or 4-3? This is par for the course for this Oguruma beya veteran. He's had a cup of coffee in the limelight as an upper Makushita facing a lower ranked Juryo rikishi a couple of times but he obviously doesn't have what it takes to be ranked up there. I'd just like to see him hang around near the top and maybe accidentally get promoted to Juryo for a tournament.
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    Oshiogawa Oyakata closing shop

    Oguruma-beya is a fine Heya to be going to. They may not have many sekitori but Takekaze is pretty good and there are several who can hold a makushita rank. For a long time I have received banzuke from Oguruma courtesy (indirectly) of Nishikikaze's father. I tend to notice the banzuke positions of rikishi from that heya because of this. Maikaze is now in Juryo after a long time floating around in makushita. Takekaze floated up to Makuuchi fairly quickly but seems to be having some injury trouble now. Nishikikaze just floats around in mid to low makushita usually. No one in Oguruma has spent a long time as a sekitori recently (I consider Takekaze a new sekitori - how many years has it been?) It might be useful for them to have a seasoned sekitori such as Wakatoba around. Also, there are obvious benefits to having a prospect like Wakakirin around.
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    Lower Division Outlook?

    Often someone contributes valuable insight regarding the rikishi to watch in the lower divisions. I am hungry for such information. Please share your projections, information about the lower division rikishi YOU will be watching in the upcoming basho. I always watch Sasaki (now high Sandanme) and Nishikikaze (mid makushita as usual) but I have an interest in some of the foreign rikishi as well as promising rikishi from Aomori in general. If only there were some place one could go to see the records of all riksihi in each division going back a few tournaments on the same page. There used to be such a place for Juryo and Makuuchi but it seems to be inactive. It is a bit tedious to look up each rikishi's records one at a time. Has anyone got a filtered list of interesting prospects and their recent records? Just fishing ... Itachi
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    Banzuke Surfing

    I'll take Takamiryu Jd 97w As a Joker I'll take Masutoo Jk 33e. While it is tempting to take Sawai as a second joker, I'll save my jokers for later rounds.
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    Lower Divisions Top Prospects Report

    Thanks Zentoryu! Another Sandanme riksihi, Sd26e Takanofuji Gifu Naruto 22.05.1980 184 143,5 looks promising. Here is his recent record: Hatsu 17 Jd20e 7-0 Kyushuu 16 Jk11w 7-0 Aki 16 Jd112w 1-0 Nagoya 16 Jd42e 0-0 before that ??? He is turning 25 this year but his record has enough momentum to take him to makushita at least (a return? I can't remember him and I used to memorize the banzuke down to Sandanme) Also, I'm crossing my fingers for Sasaki. Sd18e Sasaki Aomori Naruto 12.01.1987 189 109,8 He has been stuck in mid to lower Sandanme since his initial quick rise to that rank. Here is his recent record. Hatsu 17 Sd75 6-1 Kyushuu 16 Sd58 3-4 Aki 16 Sd99 5-2 Nagoya 16 Sd80 3-4 Yes, I am getting my historical information fom my own porous memory and from www.scgroup.com. Unfortunately, Scgroup only provides four basho records so I rely on my memory for the rest. If I follow the rikishi, he looked new and promising at some time. Sd49e Saita Kagoshima Hanaregoma 28.09.1984 180 148,5 Here is another rikishi who may do well in Osaka. In the past four basho, scgroup reports these ranks and results: Hatsu 17 Jd10w 6-1 Kyushuu 16 Jd89w 6-1 Aki 16 Jd19w 0-0 Nagoya 16 Sd59w 0-0 I recall having memorized this rikishi's position on the banzuke before so it is probable that he was ranked at least in upper Sandanme for a few basho (I sometimes begin learning the sandanme banzuke once I've memorized all of makushita). He may even have breached makushita, though I would guess not from the scraps of my memory. I am hoping that someone who pays attention to the really fresh faces can give us a bit of a report on Jonidan and Jonokuchi rikishi who may not have been in sumo for more than a year and thus still may blossom into rising stars. In particular, little is reported about the backgrounds of the new entrants that we might adjust our relative expectations of, say, Masutoo vs. Sawai or Sato (looks very BIG!) I hear scraps of information now and then but if someone could present it like Zentoryu, it would be very nice for those of us who try to keep up from afar with limited time due to work and family.
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    Japanese movies

    Kurosawa is well known. No one mentioned Ran which I really liked, especially since I had been studying King Lear around the time I first saw it. Two newer and lighter movies I saw and enjoyed are Shall We Dance (NOT the J-Lo version!) and Kikujiro (with Kitano). I haven't seen Zatoichi yet but I look forward to it. A good old black and white film is Women of the Dunes (Suna??? no Onna). It's more of a slow moving thoughtful movie as opposed to action, adventure, or comedy but if you're in the right mood, it's really neat.
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    Juryo game.

    I would like to thank the promotions committee of the Juryo game for deeming me worthy of Ozeki status. I will do my best to maintain the standard that earned me the rank and compete for each yusho. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hoshifransu for the fine prize he sent me to recognize my super yusho in January. I am looking forward to defending my title and justifying my rank in March. Sincerely, Itachi (aka Jason Russell or Wakatanuki)
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    Weirdest "shikona"...

    For me the weirdest shikona are the ones that have to be presented partly in hiragana because most fonts won't support the obscure kanji. Yotsukasa is the most obvious example of that. The Yo should look like Hanahadashi (as in ka from Chuka ryori) with a fire radical on the left side. Kaishozan has an odd sho. It took me a long time to find that one. Beppu and KotoBeppu sound odd to me. What kind of name is Beppu? What does that mean? It sounds too much like Geppu. Other shikona that I find odd are those involving unusual readings of kanji such as Shikona with Suruga. Once you learn the combination, it's ok, but until then, you would likely not get it right. How about Ooga? Big Fang? Nice.
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    Sumo gamers' pictures WANTED!

    I've tried sending my picture for the second time. I hope it works. If not, just use Boltono's cartoon of Wakatanuki which is me anyway. Thanks, Itachi
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    Wakanosato

    I wish they'd leave 'Sato at the last Komusubi spot. If he were 7-8 he'd have a shot at staying at Sekiwake some of you said, so why not allow 6-9 to stay at Komusubi?
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    Hakuhou Ozeki run?

    I like to see a new ozeki every now and then to shake things up. It seems like Hakuho will be less disappointing than most recent ozeki promotions so why not push him on? The only drawback I see is that the proportion of non-Japanese contenders is getting pretty high. I think it is vital that some Japanese rikishi get their act together and make a show of competing with all these outstandiong foreigners. I'm not giving up on Wakanosato but he has suffered a big setback. It may be a year before he gets this close to ozeki promotion again and he's just an injury away from never having the opportunity again. Other than the obvious Hakuko, who else could take a run at Ozeki promotion in the near future? I don't think either Kotomitsuki or Miyabiyama will do it. Kotooshu and Kokkai don't seem ready to me (ok, maybe Kotooshu). Perhaps there isn't anyone on the horizon. Kaio and Chiyotaikai are fairly shaky. We could have a pretty sparse upper sanyaku for a while.
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    Adopted Rikishi

    After a solid start, Ms 20 Nishikaze has tailed off a bit but sd ? Sasaki is now 5-0 after defeating that Oshima beya guy from Hokkaido Kyokushozan (did I remeber the shikona correctly?) 5-0 is way beyond what I have come to expect form Sasaki so I am very pleased.
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    Wakanosato looking strong so far

    I write this without haveing investigated the stats but it seems like every other rikishi in recent years who spent so much time in sanyaku eventually made ozeki. Kaio, Musoyama, and Dejima as well as Tochiazuma all loitered around for long enough that ozeki-hood seemed inevitable and so they all eventually made it. Some of these marginal ozekis grew into their role and performed at a a hgiher than sekiwake level for a while while others couldn't keep it up for long. I'm certain that Wakanosato will get there one day barring serious injury but the big question is, what caliber of ozeki will he be? I'd hate to see him promoted only to flounder around pathetically before plunging into Dejima-like irrelevance. Let him advance upon raising his sumo to a higher level as Kaio did when he was promoted. Ozumo needs more ozekis anyway so lets get on with it and have some new blood up there. I'm sure that Hakuho will make it before long even if no one born in Japan can do it but that would not be good for the popularity of the sport. Itachi the infreqently active poster
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    Banzuke Surfing

    This game sounds like fun. I select Yamatofuji (jk 37e). I also like the low maintenance aspect of this one. I suppose we'll just keep track of it on this forum? Itachi p.s. I would love to see some background numbers for these rikishi. How did they do in college or in high school if that's where they are coming form? How big are they? Is there any convenient way to grab that kind of information?
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    Got an idea?

    I liked the idea suggested earlier about having a honbasho in Tohoku. Sendai might be a good place for one, or Sapporo. Many top rikishi come form Aomori but there isn't the population there. Of course, more Japanese born rikishi at the top levels is important. Most of the new and exciting talents seem to be foreign. Give them a local hero or two. Perhaps Kisenosato will provide some hope. If only Wakanosato would improve just a bit more... No other nation has professional sumo. I wish Japanese young and old would take more pride in the sport instead of looking outward to baseball and soccer. They certainly have made great gains in those sports however. Perhaps a drama based on the life of a fictional up and coming rikishi. That would get everyone's attention if they hired popular talento for the roles.
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    Thanks for the Memory

    What is this talk about intai? If he's strong enough to ALMOST get his promotion then he's strong enough to be the top Japanese rikishi for a couple more years. Until at least one more Japanese ozeki is promoted (Wakanosato, let's get on with it!) I think Kaio is badly needed. Chiyotaikai may return to form in a basho or two but the country needs more. Hopefully Kisenosato will learn and build his strength quickly.
  21. I left out established sanyaku and those who are not yet sekitori. I made very little effort to put the list in order. Hakuho Kisenosato Kotoshogiku Iwakiyama Roho Kotooshu Tokitenku .....and some of these... Shimotori Kokkai Takekaze Kakizoe ....these ones I left out because I don't think they'll stay ranked in or near sanyaku any more than say, Kyokushuzan or Tokitsuumi.... Asasekiryu Ama Wakakirin Hakurozan Toyonoshima Hokutoriki .....and these ones I doubt will even achieve a high maegashira rank for more than an elevator visit... Futeno Kasugao Toyozakura Harunoyama Buyuzan ...those are all the newish rikishi I expect to inhabit Makuuchi is the years to come. I left out rikishi I don't know enough about such as Tamasuka and rikishi I don't think will make it like Bushuyama (even though he is from Aomori).
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    Toilets (Japanese and others too)

    Squatties are no good if you like to catch up on the daily news as you go about your business.
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    what would happen II

    I haven't looked up the records to answer this properly but check out Takahanada's succession. I'm sure he won at least one yusho before and without being promoted to Ozeki. It seems to me whenever I look back at Takanohana's pre-Yokozuna tournaments I wonder why he wasn't promoted more quickly. I suppose with the obviously great ones they feel they can afford to wait. By the way, are you (shimodahito) still living in Aomori?