Shodai’s makuuchi career is off to a great start; 10 wins and a Fighting Spirit award. To provide a bit of a comparison with highly touted debuts: Endo got his first kanto-sho after his third tournament while it took Ikioi almost 2 years to pull it off. Of course Ichinojo’s rise was even quicker as he scored two special prizes and a kinboshi, finishing in second place upon his debut. However, we’ve all seen the ups-and-downs those three have gone through.
Hopefully Shodai will stay healthy as it will be hard to maintain with a rise that goes too fast. Ichinojo will be falling back below his debut rank after two wins. Endo will be in Juryo and hopefully he’ll be back healthy. Ikioi will be vacating his sanyaku position and falling back into the midst of the maegashira.
Toyonoshima received the outstanding performance award to accompany his jun-yusho. He finished tied for second with Harumafuji and Hakuho. Harumafuji’s patented sidestep caught the superzuna off-guard.