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Makuuchi

Hakuho       Y    Kakuryu
Takakeisho   O    Asanoyama
Shodai       O    ---
Mitakeumi    S    Takanosho
Terunofuji   K    Takayasu

Kiribayama   M1   Wakatakakage
Onosho       M2   Daieisho
Kagayaki     M3   Okinoumi
Hokutofuji   M4   Tobizaru
Myogiryu     M5   Kotoshoho
Takarafuji   M6   Tamawashi
Tochinoshin  M7   Endo
Aoiyama      M8   Terutsuyoshi
Tokushoryu   M9   Kotoeko
Ryuden       M10  Meisei
Sadanoumi    M11  Enho
Yutakayama   M12  Kaisei
Hoshoryu     M13  Ichinojo
Chiyonokuni  M14  Kotonowaka
Chiyotairyu  M15  Kotoyuki
Chiyoshoma   M16  Akua
Shimanoumi   M17  ---

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Juryo

Akiseyama    J1   Chiyonoo
Midorifuji   J2   Shohozan
Ishiura      J3   Kotoshogiku
Chiyomaru    J4   Nishikigi
Daiamami     J5   Hidenoumi
Churanoumi   J6   Wakamotoharu
Chiyootori   J7   Azumaryu
Kyokutaisei  J8   Ikioi
Tsurugisho   J9   Daishomaru
Hakuyozan    J10  Kyokushuho
Mitoryu      J11  Abi
Takagenji    J12  Jokoryu
Ura          J13  Nishikifuji
Fujiazuma    J14  Chiyonoumi
 

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Makushita-joi

Daishoho       Ms1   Naya
Yago           Ms2   Shiraishi
Kitaharima     Ms3   Kotodaigo
Bushozan       Ms4   Terasawa
Chiyoarashi    Ms5   Kotokuzan
Takakento      Ms6   Ichiki
Kaisho         Ms7   Sakigake
Tochimaru      Ms8   Ichiyamamoto
Nakazono       Ms9   Kitanowaka
Tochiseiryu    Ms10  Tamashoho
Wakayama       Ms11  Suzuki
Murata         Ms12  Roga
Oki            Ms13  Hiradoumi
Shonannoumi    Ms14  Tsukahara
Hokutenkai     Ms15  Ryuko
 

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The remainder:

Makushita

 

Oshoryu        Ms16  Daiseido
Kainoryu       Ms17  Okinofuji
Hokutoki       Ms18  Hokaho
Omoto          Ms19  Tsurubayashi
Kamito         Ms20  Amakaze
Toyohibiki     Ms21  Tochinobori
Genki          Ms22  Tsushimanada
Yuma           Ms23  Tokisakae
Shohoryu       Ms24  Higonojo
Fukai          Ms25  Tochikodai
Asabenkei      Ms26  Yamatoarashi
Chiyosakae     Ms27  Asagyokusei
Kairyu         Ms28  Wakatakamoto
Dewataikai     Ms29  Amanoshima
Hamayutaka     Ms30  Narutaki
Akinoyama      Ms31  Asahisho
Mudoho         Ms32  Asakoki
Tochikamiyama  Ms33  Yoshii
Tamakongo      Ms34  Chiyodaigo
Shosei         Ms35  Ito
Nionoumi       Ms36  Aozora
Wakanoumi      Ms37  Kotoozutsu
Kaiyudai       Ms38  Mugendai
Yutakasho      Ms39  Kawamoto
Yuki           Ms40  Shiba
Kotoseigo      Ms41  Ryusei
Daishoryu      Ms42  Hokutotsubasa
Kototsubasa    Ms43  Oginosho
Kotoyusho      Ms44  Tsushida
Yoshoyama      Ms45  Keitenkai
Sadanoryu      Ms46  Tokunomusashi
Wayama         Ms47  Tennozan
Horyuyama      Ms48  Otsuji
Fukamiyama     Ms49  Okinohama
Ayanoumi       Ms50  Itadaki
Kotodairyu     Ms51  Mitozakura
Kotohayato     Ms52  Tanakayama
Asonoyama      Ms53  Obayama
Hikarugenji    Ms54  Chiyonokatsu
Tsuyukusa      Ms55  Yokoe
Shoji          Ms56  Chiyoraizan
Takaryu        Ms57  Hananofuji
Kitadaichi     Ms58  Tosamidori
Kirinofuji     Ms59  Tanabe
Kaiho          Ms60  Kainoshima


Sandanme

 

Tatsukaze     Sd1   Hokutokawa
Saionji       Sd2   Sasakiyama
Nankairiki    Sd3   Sadanogo
Kainishiki    Sd4   Higoarashi
Asakishin     Sd5   Masutoo
Daitenma      Sd6   Marusho
Irodori       Sd7   Joyuriki
Onojo         Sd8   Nishinoryu
Genkaiho      Sd9   Rao
Dewanoryu     Sd10  Saidaiji
Shuji         Sd11  Azumasato
Kaizen        Sd12  Katsunofuji
Haruminato    Sd13  Nihonyanagi
Oazuma        Sd14  Sazanami
Daikisho      Sd15  Tomisakae
Asatenmai     Sd16  Mifuneyama
Fujisato      Sd17  Masunoyama
Izumigawa     Sd18  Oyamatoumi
Kaishin       Sd19  Sagatsukasa
Kamitani      Sd20  Nakashima
Hokuseiho     Sd21  Roman
Hayatefuji    Sd22  Mochizuki
Hitachigo     Sd23  Kagamio
Dainichido    Sd24  Anzai
Toukiryu      Sd25  Ebisumaru
Daiyusho      Sd26  Hokutoshu
Kotokume      Sd27  Kotorikisen
Akashifuji    Sd28  Matsuda
Genbumaru     Sd29  Sakaekaze
Sakurai       Sd30  Denuma
Kihonoumi     Sd31  Asadaimon
Tsugaruumi    Sd32  Karatsuumi
Oka           Sd33  Maikeru
Daishoki      Sd34  Taichiyama
Miryuzan      Sd35  Tomokaze
Seigo         Sd36  Sadanohikari
Kotakiyama    Sd37  Kasugaryu
Inoue         Sd38  Kototora
Hodaka        Sd39  Onokura
Kaiseijo      Sd40  Oginohama
Wakanofuji    Sd41  Azumasho
Toshoyama     Sd42  Watanabe
Wakahiroto    Sd43  Mitotsukasa
Amatsu        Sd44  Nabatame
Tokimaru      Sd45  Kijuin
Kotoryusei    Sd46  Akatsuki
Kiritsubasa   Sd47  Kawabuchi
Tochimitsuru  Sd48  Ginseizan
Chura         Sd49  Omote
Wakakinsho    Sd50  Hokuyozan
Fujikawa      Sd51  Yamato
Daishosei     Sd52  Munakata
Kenyu         Sd53  Yanagida
Chiyotora     Sd54  Kotosato
Hokutoo       Sd55  Kotonoshu
Kotoito       Sd56  Masuminato
Shoketsu      Sd57  Kenshin
Hokutoryu     Sd58  Komanokuni
Dewanojo      Sd59  Kojima
Kiyonoumi     Sd60  Dairaido
Hibikiryu     Sd61  Shinohara
Kaishinmaru   Sd62  Mutsukaze
Hakuonada     Sd63  Tsunekawa
Kanryu        Sd64  Hikarifuji
Sadanokuni    Sd65  Toyoshimizu
Araoyama      Sd66  Furanshisu
Mihamaumi     Sd67  Takabayama
Teraoumi      Sd68  Tosaeizan
Tanahashi     Sd69  Hokutoiwami
Nakaishi      Sd70  Musashiumi
Gorikiyama    Sd71  Mienosato
Nakao         Sd72  Taiyo
Sakurafuji    Sd73  Hienriki
Inaba         Sd74  Koshinoryu
Takataisho    Sd75  Kochikara
Daishomune    Sd76  Asakoga
Hidano        Sd77  Sumanoumi
Mukaida       Sd78  Kiyota
Daihisho      Sd79  Baraki
Miyabishin    Sd80  Hagane
Taranami      Sd81  Shishi
Kotokantetsu  Sd82  Chiyooga
Daijo         Sd83  Sakai
Kyokuhozan    Sd84  Hozan
Fujinowaka    Sd85  Kotonoumi
Fukushima     Sd86  Kaorufuji
Kayatoiwa     Sd87  Tenei
Toma          Sd88  Ryubu
Yatabe        Sd89  Kotosusumu
Kotomyozan    Sd90  Maenofuji
Chiyotenfu    Sd91  Tagomaru
Ryuki         Sd92  Amane
Oba           Sd93  Takeoka
Fujinokaze    Sd94  Takamiryu
Kisenoumi     Sd95  Kawamura
Kotozensho    Sd96  Kakutaiki
Hatooka       Sd97  Wakahizen
Imafuku       Sd98  Yukiamami
Hokutoyoshi   Sd99  Hitenryu
Dewanosora    Sd100 Aoi


Jonidan

 

Sekizuka       Jd1   Mishima
Ienoshima      Jd2   Asanotosa
Yoshiazuma     Jd3   Hamadayama
Sadatsuyoshi   Jd4   Chiyotaiho
Chiyohokkai    Jd5   Ariake
Daishokaku     Jd6   Ofukasawa
Kotomaeda      Jd7   Asaazuma
Sasaki         Jd8   Hagiwara
Miyanofuji     Jd9   Kirameki
Tochihayate    Jd10  Hisanotora
Ryutsukasa     Jd11  Toho
Tanji          Jd12  Tomiyutaka
Shinyashiki    Jd13  Kurokage
Sawayaka       Jd14  Kinotsukasa
Ouzakura       Jd15  Shori
Kaiyuma        Jd16  Kotonagahama
Tatsuki        Jd17  Denzan
Awanokuni      Jd18  Shogun
Yamenosato     Jd19  Tochinoshima
Ryuseio        Jd20  Garyu
Kotootomo      Jd21  Mimurodake
Wakayamanaka   Jd22  Miyakojima
Daisho         Jd23  Senho
Ayaminato      Jd24  Oisato
Sakabayashi    Jd25  Sorakaze
Kaonishiki     Jd26  Hamasu
Ogitora        Jd27  Okunidake
Kotomanabe     Jd28  Asahijo
Hamanoumi      Jd29  Fudano
Asahabataki    Jd30  Tsubakifuji
Ishiazuma      Jd31  Tatsunoumi
Fujinotani     Jd32  Daishowaka
Nishikiryu     Jd33  Asahinishiki
Wakaseido      Jd34  Hokutouryu
Wakamatsunaga  Jd35  Ayakaze
Yoshimura      Jd36  Amamidake
Nishimura      Jd37  Fubu
Asahanshin     Jd38  Kiryu
Mori           Jd39  Katozakura
Yuriki         Jd40  Onagaya
Fukuazuma      Jd41  Seito
Kotetsu        Jd42  Tokio
Kotokonno      Jd43  Asashinjo
Iko            Jd44  Hakuyo
Oshozan        Jd45  Satonofuji
Gagamaru       Jd46  Nakata
Setonoumi      Jd47  Kainowaka
Nishida        Jd48  Miyakogawa
Tochikasuga    Jd49  Fukui
Wakaikki       Jd50  Iitsuka
Sekizukayama   Jd51  Banshunada
Hashimoto      Jd52  Soga
Zuiko          Jd53  Asadoji
Hokutonami     Jd54  Tsugunohana
Akiyoshi       Jd55  Osuzuki
Shimizu        Jd56  Ai
Motokiyama     Jd57  Onoyama
Chiyokozan     Jd58  Azumaiwa
Chiyooume      Jd59  Takakurayama
Suzaki         Jd60  Shimoyama
Akiyama        Jd61  Kirizakura
Asanojo        Jd62  Yashiroumi
Aki            Jd63  Wakatozakura
Nakai          Jd64  Makio
Asahio         Jd65  Chiyotaisei
Miyata         Jd66  Kotoegashira
Harimanada     Jd67  Goketsuyama
Sasazaki       Jd68  Hirose
Ishizaka       Jd69  Wakaryusei
Kotoomura      Jd70  Aishoryu
Terunosato     Jd71  Daishohama
Taniguchi      Jd72  Tenichi
Umizaru        Jd73  Matsugashima
Satsumao       Jd74  Hatachijo
Oatari         Jd75  Ishii
Bushi          Jd76  Biganzan
Okuniyama      Jd77  Kotoimagawa
Tochisato      Jd78  Akitoba
Shimanishiki   Jd79  Kaibusho
Matsuoka       Jd80  Wakayutaka
Hakuomaru      Jd81  Kotokogyoku
Ieshima        Jd82  Iwata
Mogaminishiki  Jd83  Watatani
Asanoshima     Jd84  Takemaru
Asahimaru      Jd85  Sawada
Takano         Jd86  Yutakanami
Shiryu         Jd87  Taketsukasa
Chikureisen    Jd88  Tsukubayama
Kotokino       Jd89  Azumayama
Chiyotaiyo     Jd90  Higuchi
Kyokutenryo    Jd91  Asaobora
Goshinryu      Jd92  Miyabi
Kokuryunami    Jd93  Wakaonehara
Kazunofuji     Jd94  Aonoumi
Koki           Jd95  Tabara
Fukuminato     Jd96  Zendaisho
Uminishiki     Jd97  Ishihara
Shunpo         Jd98  Kenho
Yasunishi      Jd99  Chiyoresshi
Fujinoteru     Jd100 Isamufuji
Hanakaze       Jd101 Yamane
Akinishiki     Jd102 Andozakura
Toshonishiki   Jd103 Iwamoto
Urutora        Jd104 Maniwayama
Shoryudo       Jd105 Satozakura
Matsumoto      Jd106 Tamanohoshi
Machi          Jd107 Suonada
Azumahikari    Jd108 Shokeima
Kirinoryu      Jd109 Takeazuma
Fujimusashi    Jd110 Azumanami


Jonokuchi

 

Shinzan          Jk1   Adachi
Chiyotsurugi     Jk2   Wakakaneko
Wakatanaka       Jk3   Sakura
Kaihiryu         Jk4   Daishojo
Hokutosato       Jk5   Okanojo
Sawanofuji       Jk6   Arikawa
Ota              Jk7   Higonoryu
Tsukioka         Jk8   Numano
Boshuyama        Jk9   Etsunohana
Shishimaru       Jk10  Nangu
Hamasaki         Jk11  Hokutohomare
Takatsukasa      Jk12  Nishikimaru
Kirimaru         Jk13  Kyonosato
Nishikio         Jk14  Hishuyama
Yaotsufuji       Jk15  Takasu
Wakafujioka      Jk16  Moriurara
Haruku           Jk17  Sadanojo
Daishiryu        Jk18  Sawaisamu
Itakozakura      Jk19  Nagahara
Hokutoizumi      Jk20  Teraosho
Hanashi          Jk21  Mabuchi
Kirinohana       Jk22  Chiyotensho
Matsugi          Jk23  Kaitoma
Shiraishizakura  Jk24  Kototaiko
Higohikari       Jk25  Wakayahara
Ryuseiyama       Jk26  Chiyoyamato
Daishoko         Jk27  Chiyotaiko
Chiyosenshi      Jk28  Tsuyasato
Nogami           Jk29  Asashorei
Hattorizakura    Jk30  Reon


(New shikona in red.)

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A dozen shikona changes on this banzuke, plus four more rikishi who change their given name only.

Shikoroyama-beya's Harada gets an interesting first shikona - he is now Shogun. Kanji change for his given name but keeping the reading as Masaki (the previous first kanji is now the first of his shikona).

Five of the changes are for Sakaigawa-beya rikishi, three of which are inspired by the pre-Meiji provincial names of their home prefectures. Oishi is now Suonada (Suo Province, now eastern Yamaguchi). Tokai is now Boshuyama (Awa Province, often shortened to either Anshu or Boshu, now Chiba). Finally, Yoshino is now Hishuyama (Higo Province, shortened to Hishu, now Kumamoto) - he also changes a kanji in his given name but keeps the same reading.

Dewaazuma's year has been disrupted by injury and he made a late entry last basho in order to stay on the banzuke. Perhaps he's ready for a full-time return now, making a fresh start as Ryuseiyama. Stablemate Aomihama was also kyujo last basho, and he is now Oginohama.

Minezaki-beya's Fukamachi has fought for the last two years under his family name, but now he returns to his old shikona of Uminishiki.

I can't remember offhand whether Gokushindo is still suspended for this basho, but either way he has now reverted back to his family name of Fukushima.

Ms57w Sadanohana > Hananofuji (華の富士)
Sd40w Aomihama > Oginohama (小城ノ浜)
Sd86e Gokushindo > Fukushima (福島)
Jd15e Abezakura Koji > Ouzakura Susumu (奥羽桜 進夢) *
Jd18w Harada Masaki (将輝) > Shogun Masaki (将軍 真輝) **
Jd97e Fukamachi > Uminishiki (宇美錦)
Jd107w Oishi > Suonada (周防灘)
Jd110e Otsuka > Fujimusashi (藤武蔵)
Jk9e Tokai > Boshuyama (房州山)
Jk14w Yoshino Keiji (慶児) > Hishuyama Keiji (肥州山 慶志)
Jk17w Yamaguchi > Sadanojo (佐田の城)
Jk26e Dewaazuma > Ryuseiyama (龍成山)

* FWIW, his Japanese Kyokai page did not show a given name before, but now they've stealthily added 浩司 to his last five basho as Abezakura. Unfortunately the English side doesn't get the same treatment so we can only guess at the reading. Koji is most likely, I suppose. (Koji it was - thanks Naganoyama!)

** Nikkan says the given name reading is Masaaki (まさあき) but I reckon that's a typo as the Kyokai sticks with Masaki (まさき).


Given name changes:

J12e Takagenji Satoshi (賢 > 賢士 - no change in reading)
Sd39w Onokura Yuki > Kenji (憲司)
Sd95e Kisenoumi Mahiro > Tomoryo (友令)
Jd40e Yuriki Masaru > Shota (勝 > 勝太)

As with Abezakura, Yuriki's profile page didn't Sho a given name before but 勝 now appears. (The reading was Masaru, thanks again Naganoyama)

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1 hour ago, Yubinhaad said:

As with Abezakura, Yuriki's profile page didn't Sho a given name before but 勝 now appears.

Are you farming your posts out to Kintamayama?

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Chris has been posting stuff just about every day lately.

I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I came on here anticipating some minor amusement from the GTB Toss-Arguing Team, but nada...

Where is everyone?

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1 hour ago, RabidJohn said:

Chris has been posting stuff just about every day lately.

I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I came on here anticipating some minor amusement from the GTB Toss-Arguing Team, but nada...

Where is everyone?

He is still gutted about Naya.

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11 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

...

Jd15e Abezakura Koichi > Ouzakura Susumu (奥羽桜 進夢)*

Jd40e Yuriki Sho? > Shota (勝 > 勝太)

...

* FWIW, his Japanese Kyokai page did not show a given name before, but now they've stealthily added 浩司 to his last five basho as Abezakura. Unfortunately the English side doesn't get the same treatment so we can only guess at the reading. Koji is most likely, I suppose.

...

As with Abezakura, Yuriki's profile page didn't Sho a given name before but 勝 now appears.

According to the yearbook:

Abezakura was indeed Koji.

Yuriki's reading was previously Masaru.

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13 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

Given name changes:

J12e Takagenji Satoshi (賢 > 賢士 - no change in reading)

The heya had announced the upcoming change on twitter, the shisho thought Takagenji should get more samurai (武士 bushi) power and for his sekitori restart added the kanji for samurai 士 http://twitter.com/chiganoura_beya/status/1315565254034640896

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4 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

The heya had announced the upcoming change on twitter, the shisho thought Takagenji should get more samurai (武士 bushi) power and for his sekitori restart added the kanji for samurai 士 http://twitter.com/chiganoura_beya/status/1315565254034640896

Also, no stepping on cracks in the sidewalk.  And, replacing the daruma doll in his mawashi ("you can only get back up if you've already fallen") with a chicken doll ("because chickens ... well, you know").

[I'd better note that this is parody, 'cause sometimes you wonder ... ]

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7 hours ago, code_number3 said:

He is still gutted about Naya.

Chris has been bold with a lot of his videos lately. He’s been very critical of the NSK in regards of how they are supposedly handling the Covid issue on their end and sounds like he’s not a fan of letting the fans in. He seemed to give off a vibe that he blames the NSK for Shobushi’s death

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Any ideas why Chiyonoumi (ms2, 4-3 >> J14w) is under Nishikifuji (J13w, 7-8 >> J13w)?
4-3 at ms2 is not great, but it is not uncommon to climb to J12 or J13 if the circumstances are appropriate (it happend 9 times in the last 10 years, last time in 2016 when Ryuden regained sekitori status from jonokuchi after his injury). And the circumstances seems to be appropriate here, since Nishikifuji with 7-8 should logically be ranked J14. Where I am wrong here?

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4 minutes ago, serge_gva said:

4-3 at ms2 is not great, but it is not uncommon to climb to J12 or J13 if the circumstances are appropriate

On the other hand, the last five have been 3 Ms1's and two J14's.  The guy before Ryuden got screwed with an Ms1e.  Let's see, who was that guy ... some tosser named Shodai (Idunno...).

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1 minute ago, Yamanashi said:

On the other hand, the last five have been 3 Ms1's and two J14's.  The guy before Ryuden got screwed with an Ms1e.  Let's see, who was that guy ... some tosser named Shodai (Idunno...).

And as for Nishikifuji, his fate doesn't seem to be common over the last 50 years, but is common over the last 20.  Rikishi in Nishikifuji's case got sent to Makushita 16 times in a row from 1967 to 2003.  After that, a 7-8 kept his rank 4 times (including Tobizaru and Kiziakumi in the last two years), dropped to J14 9 times (including Yago, Akesiyama and Hoshoryu), and went to Ms1 once (Asahisho).  Knowing why there's a change in philosophy with the new millenium is, of course, the purview of the gods and past winners of Forum Games.

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16 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

 

I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I came on here anticipating some minor amusement from the GTB Toss-Arguing Team, but nada...

Where is everyone?

Did you check the GTB thread in the games section?  There's at least a little there.

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17 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

Chris has been bold with a lot of his videos lately. He’s been very critical of the NSK in regards of how they are supposedly handling the Covid issue on their end and sounds like he’s not a fan of letting the fans in. He seemed to give off a vibe that he blames the NSK for Shobushi’s death

Went 15 days last basho. Will we get another insight this November basho from his visit to Kokugikan with another 5000 spectators?

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17 hours ago, WAKATAKE said:

He seemed to give off a vibe that he blames the NSK for Shobushi’s death

I'm a fan of Chris's eccentric approach, but I disagree with many of his opinions (criticism of the NSK being his least eccentric trait, btw).

I've seen everything he's put up on YT for the last couple of years and I've never gotten such a vibe.

He was, however, very miffed that the NSK went ahead with the July tournament (risking the lives of more rikishi in his opinion) and went 'on strike', uploading no videos during that tournament.

All that was forgotten come September, when he filmed his own sumo footage over several days at the Kokugikan...

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2 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

I'm a fan of Chris's eccentric approach, but I disagree with many of his opinions (criticism of the NSK being his least eccentric trait, btw).

I've seen everything he's put up on YT for the last couple of years and I've never gotten such a vibe.

He was, however, very miffed that the NSK went ahead with the July tournament (risking the lives of more rikishi in his opinion) and went 'on strike', uploading no videos during that tournament.

All that was forgotten come September, when he filmed his own sumo footage over several days at the Kokugikan...

As a newish sumo fan I've really enjoyed Chris's videos, I've definitely learned a lot from them. I think he was against the July tournament going ahead as he was worried there would be an outbreak at the kokugikan. When that hasn't happened, no reason not to attend in September.   The impression I got wasn't that he blamed NSK for Shobushi's death, but that they didn't acknowledge it sufficiently.

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On ‎26‎/‎10‎/‎2020 at 00:13, Yamanashi said:

Are you farming your posts out to Kintamayama?


If I was, it would Shou a lot more clearly, Shirley?

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There is an unusually high number of rikishi in the upper half of makuuchi at their highest rank: an ozeki, a sekiwake and no less than five at M1-M5. Counting rikishi at M5 or above at their highest rank, the last time (that I could find) with 7 rikishi was Aki 1986. To find a banzuke with 8, you have to go back to Nagoya 1961.

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2 hours ago, Kashunowaka said:

There is an unusually high number of rikishi in the upper half of makuuchi at their highest rank: an ozeki, a sekiwake and no less than five at M1-M5. Counting rikishi at M5 or above at their highest rank, the last time (that I could find) with 7 rikishi was Aki 1986. To find a banzuke with 8, you have to go back to Nagoya 1961.

Thanks for that.  I had kind of a Spidey-sense that this was unusual, but I've only been following for ~3 years. With two banged-up Yokozuna, is this some sort of Triple-Witching deal that means a great disturbance in the Sumo Force?  Or is it just the result of tread-worn Maegashira rikishi getting beaten by up-and-comers?  It's apparently rare, so ...

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22 hours ago, Kashunowaka said:

There is an unusually high number of rikishi in the upper half of makuuchi at their highest rank: an ozeki, a sekiwake and no less than five at M1-M5. Counting rikishi at M5 or above at their highest rank, the last time (that I could find) with 7 rikishi was Aki 1986. To find a banzuke with 8, you have to go back to Nagoya 1961.

Yes, astute observation. In reflection, not surprisng as we are seeing a major changing of the guard. And, some returns!

Ura - return of the pink mawashi?

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On 27/10/2020 at 17:34, RabidJohn said:

I'm a fan of Chris's eccentric approach, but I disagree with many of his opinions

Probably going a bit off topic here, but I've been disappointed in his delivery, and attitude towards others in the community over the years. I guess I'm glad not to be the only one who feels critical of his opinions. I'm certainly a fan of his application - putting so much effort into engaging the sport live with access that fans around the world are lacking, with the intention to share that experience, is certainly to be praised. Sometimes it does feel like he's deified on these pages. His comment re: Abi there may be a bit tongue in cheek or may be made with reform as the intention, but it's a ridiculous comment either way.

Back on topic, I like the alignment of the two top Onoe guys at Ms15. It will be interesting to see which one establishes himself as heyagashira over the long term (obviously Ryuko has had some bad luck with injury). It's tempting to wish to rewrite history to imagine when Hokutenkai might have overtaken his uncle, were he still active (ignoring that the drama that also impacted Hokutenkai's own career, heya placement, etc.).

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