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Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

I'm noticing that the wrestlers never go for each other's legs. Is that because it's illegal, or because it's just not worth the risk?

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Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 5 is up. Kintamayama's font gimmick gets old fast.

Great win by Takanoyama.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 6 is up.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

And Takanoyama's match made it obvious what a handicap his size is, he got shoved around like a little kid.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

What's up with Gagamaru? He had a great record in the January tournament (which I didn't watch, but should now that I know where to find condensed vids) but he hasn't looked all that competitive in this one.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Pvt. Public posted:

You know, the one thing that stands out to me in terms of separating Hakuho from the others is his starting stance.
This basho is the first time I've watched sumo since they stopped showing "Sumo Digest" on ESPN2 years ago, but a week of matches is all it took to be able to recognize Hakuho's stance instantly. It's really distinctive.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 14 is up.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

It was pretty funny to see Goueido lift Baruto off his feet. For a second I thought Baruto was about to get Baruto-ed.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Funkysauce posted:

Does Aran risk demotion? I mean he shitted it up in the last basho as well if I remember correctly. Again, I love seeing the zabuton fly so I don't mind seeing Hakuho lose.
He's already 0-9 so demotion is guaranteed. If he went 0-15 would he be in danger of getting dropped from makuuchi completely?

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Takanoyama seems doomed to spend his career bouncing between juryo and makuuchi.

Guess that's better than never making makuuchi at all though.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Pvt. Public posted:

I would really love to hear his take on wrestling sumo as an incredibly fit and strong but lightweight wrestler in a land of giants.
It's weird to think of a 6'1" 220lb guy as too small for his sport.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

uinfuirudo posted:

Man Harumafuji and Barutos match was disappointing, I really wish Baruto hadnt tripped so early on.
Earlier in the basho Kintamayama said the Nagoya ring's surface was notoriously slippery, I guess the Baruto and Hakuho matches were dramatic proof of that.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Kintamayama managed to get his video out before getting on the boat, looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-7Rfwx13Zs

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Winning sumo matches by henka is like winning auto races by fuel mileage, it might be valid but I don't want to watch it.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

I've been wondering something, is there any significance to the color of the mawashi? Or does the wrestler just wear whatever color they want?

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 8 is up.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Aran vs. Yoshikaze: Sure looked like there was some hair-pulling going on there, was that just youtube res playing tricks on my eyes?

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 12 is up.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

During the last basho a guy was telling me sumo wrestlers actually have the most lean mass out of any athlete, including powerlifters. I'm skeptical but it certainly sounds plausible.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

I suspect the fact that I first got into sumo while Hakuho was in his prime means all future yokozuna will be ruined for me.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

THE Green Ranger posted:

I respect Kisenosato for his prowess in the dohyo, but I do not want him to become Yokozuna.
Yeah, I'm not really a fan of this "get enough wins in two basho and we'll make you a Yokozuna" business. That's how Harumafuji got his and he's been pretty disappointing since.
That said, if Kisenosato goes 15-0 next basho and looks like a monster I'll probably change my mind.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

DJExile posted:

I only catch sumo every now and then but how often does poo poo like this happen because god drat.
Baruto was famous for picking guys up and setting them down outside the ring but nobody ever gets slammed like that. Although Hakuhou probably would if he thought he could get away with it.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Swan Curry posted:

What are the auience throwing around at the end of that match?

Seat covers, people throw them into the ring when a lower-ranked wrestler beats a yokozuna (I assume that's what happened, I can't read Japanese.)

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Nerokerubina posted:

this thread could definitely thrive in PSP because there is nothing wrestling fans love more than stories about how crooked the business is behind the scenes

Is organized crime involved? Because that'll get the kickboxing fans, too.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Dr.Radical posted:

Business wizards, these guys. I wonder how long it will take until someone young enough who actually has some loving clue of what the internet is can come along and have enough power to unfuck things.
japan.txt

Don't hold your breath.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Diplomat posted:

EDIT: For those wondering, the guy he beat is 2-19.

The victory in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DNsbVFZUyk#t=56s
Scintillating stuff.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

For the metrically impaired, 167cm and 67kg is about 5'6" and 148lbs. Even by Japanese standards that doesn't seem very big.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Day 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Ii4ZifBzM

I wish I'd publicly proclaimed my Chiyonokuni fanhood earlier, now that he's kachikoshi I look like a bandwagoner.

Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Martytoof posted:

Ichinojo isn't bad, but .. how do I articulate it .. he seems like such a one trick pony?

He's frustrating because some days he's unstoppable and other days he's like "what's a sumo?"

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Anime Reference
Dec 10, 2007

Yeah, it's an anime reference.

Sports medicine in Japan in general seems mired in the "just rub some dirt on it" days.

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