April Issue Contents



Hakuho - past
his peak?
Chris Gould
The Yokozuna Deliberation Council made some derogatory comments about sumo's number one yokozuna, and came under fire from all quarters on Twitter!
Basho Review
Chris Gould
We were hoping, maybe even expecting, a new yokozuna. Were our hopes and aspirations fulfilled? Or were we surprised out of the blue?
Araibira's Video Vault
Alden Alayvilla
When it comes to sumo videos, Alden is definitely number one in terms of uploads. But what are his top three videos from the last basho? Check them out!
Ones to Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Looking ahead to the next basho with something that 'Ocean Colour Scene' might have been proud of. Have you guessed his theme yet? Enjoy!
May Basho Preview
Chris Gould
So, March provided many a surprise, and the May basho has been a fantastic spectacle in days of yore. What should we look out for this time round?
Six of the Best
Chris Gould
So, six ozeki. Some people are happy. Some are indifferent. Others are enraged. Is it really the case that six ozeki constitutes too many?
Morph Magic
Olivia Nagioff
Olivia sure knows how to transform people's fortunes. Don't believe me? Watch what she has lined up here!
Internet Sumo Coverage
Chris Gould
In case you missed it - and many of you seemingly didn't, thank you! - SFM is involved in the first ever internet radio sumo broadcasting project, which started in March and will continue in May! Read more for details!!
New Ozeki Kakuryu
Chris Gould
Yes, the man who has been accused of having a silver spoon in his mouth is now an ozeki. Are the accusations against him fair? And what are his prospects?

New Ozeki Kakuryu

Chris Gould
Ten years after stepping off the plane weighing a mere 65 kilograms, Kakuryu has attained sumo’s second highest rank of ozeki. That is no mean feat.    Read more...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
What can't be grown from seed?
See more...

Six of the Best

Chris Gould
The promotion of Kakuryu to ozeki means that there are now six strong men at sumo’s second rank. Hordes of sumo fans seem convinced that this figure is too high, and would rather give some of these six “six of the best” for not trying hard enough. But why the anger over the number? If the wrestlers are actually performing well enough, they are entitled to the rank, aren't they?    Read more...

Araibira's Video Vault

Alden Alayvilla
The 2012 Haru basho was all about the race: Kakuryu’s race to become ozeki, Baruto’s historic yokozuna sprint, and Hakuho’s run to tie yokozuna Takanohana’s 22 titles.

Ones to Watch

Alexander Herrmann
After all the Fujis and Wakas in the last two issues I decided to go with another often found sumo kanji this time, the "ocean" (read either "kai" or "umi").     Read more...

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