Three men are still in the race on the final day: Wakatakakage and Takayasu, both 12-2, and Kotonowaka (11-3). A win by one of the leaders would give him the yusho if combined with a loss by the other; any other outcome sends them to a playoff, which could be joined by Kotonowaka if he wins and both leaders lose.
O2w Mitakeumi has his 10 wins in his debut at the rank. O1e Shodai (8-6) and O1w Takakeisho (8-6) have cleared kadoban, so all three Ozeki will be fighting at Natsu with a clear slate.
S1e Wakatakakage (12-2) will continue at his current rank (and aim higher). S1w Abi (7-7) needs to beat Takayasu on senshuraku to hold rank, but can fall no lower than Komusubi.
K1e Takanosho (4-10) will be fighting in the maegashira ranks in May. K1w Hoshoryu (7-7) needs to beat Kotonowaka on senshuraku to out avoid joining him.
So we’ll have either one or two open san’yaku slots, one of which could be at Sekiwake. The contenders are M7e Takayasu (12-2), M2e Ichinojo (9-5), M6w Kotonowaka (11-3), M4e Kiribayama (9-5), M2w Tamawashi (7-7), and M1e Daieisho (7-7), who must win but would jump to the head of the queue with a kachi-koshi by virtue of his status as the top maegashira. Depending on how the final day plays out, extra Komusubi slots may be in play. I’ll try to sort out how this is likely to shake out in my wrap-up post tomorrow or Monday.
Going down for certain: Akua.
Needs a win and banzuke luck to stay up: Kagayaki.
Need one win for safety: Ichiyamamoto, Chiyonokuni, Chiyomaru, Kotokuzan. Everyone else should be safe.
Coming up: Oho, Azumaryu.
Chance of promotion: Midorifuji, Hidenoumi, Mitoryu. I don’t think Ryuden or Kitanowaka would go up even with wins, regardless of how the incumbents perform.