Eternal Banzuke – Phase Two
Since a possible majority of the rikishi who will appear on the Banzuke
is affected, this point is well founded, so the Rules will state that a
rikishi’s string ends with his final makuuchi appearance. This
means most of the men shown at M5 and below on the first Banzuke shown
in April got a slight bump up.
Chiyonofuji was somewhat like that – but on the front end, instead : he got to makuuchi in Aki 1975 and then disappeared into juryo and makushita for 13 basho before getting back there. It’s tempting to consider taking those 13 basho out of the count and beginning his string with his next makuuchi appearance because he wasn’t established in makuuchi, but determining what constitutes ‘established’ is not only very subjective, changing the rules to accommodate one rikishi isn’t fair to the rest – he could have just as easily been a top maegashira rikishi for those 13 basho, and the final result would be identical. The bottom line is that it took him six years to make yokozuna from the time he first hit makuuchi, and where he was in between shouldn’t be a huge issue.
So, as with Elevator Rikishi, it’s taken some time to work out the kinks, and it certainly has helped hearing from a few of you. But now, after sifting through all the aspects, it appears the most simple and equitable assembly is
stuff does happen, only 18 additional rikishi were added to the Eternal
Banzuke since its first official release in April. Including the ones
still active, it now contains 80 rikishi who have accumulated a
qualifying 60-basho string, which is necessary in order to be
officially ranked. Since I still consider the Eternal Banzuke a
work in progress, I was hoping to get some feedback regarding what it
might be best suited for, and also regarding the rules currently in
place, and thankfully, some was received.
Since a rikishi’s placement on the Banzuke is based on his Highest Median Rank (HMR), the current consensus is that it is best suited for displaying a snapshot of what kind of career a rikishi had. In the case of yokozuna and ozeki, it rewards those who ascended to their highest ranks quickly, and so could be seen to be ‘out of whack’ since Akebono reigns over Chiyonofuji and Takanohana. But again, it’s not for showing who was better or stronger, it’s just for reflecting where rikishi spent the majority of their careers. For that purpose, it’s admittedly more useful for comparing rikishi who never attained ozeki – far fewer
||surprises come to light there.
Some feedback asserted that several prominent makuuchi rikishi who hung on in juryo or below for several years at the end of their career were being disrespected. By not ‘retiring on time,’ many additional basho at lower ranks were included in their qualifying strings since the Rules said those strings didn’t end until their intai basho. After checking, the number was found to exceed ‘several.’ In fact, a majority of the makuuchi men studied so far that were below the status of ‘perennial sekiwake’ hung on like this for varying amounts of time, Kotogaume and Hamanoshima being two notables. Kotogaume makes an excellent poster child here since he is recalled as a true joi-jin of the mid-late 1980s; but since he had 14 juryo showings at the tail end of his career, he shows up at M10e instead of M5w, which is where he lands if the string ends with the last makuuchi appearance. Although it does ‘tell the whole truth’, this design defeats the Banzuke’s utility because it distorts what kind of makuuchi rikishi he really was, and to some extent, the same may be said for almost all of these