In the named ranks, there are two small wrinkles. One is placing shin-Ozeki Kirishima (Kiribayama) on the West side, despite the fact that he had a much better record than the incumbent, Takakeisho, who should move over to the East side. Traditionally, the newcomer to the rank is always the lowest-ranked. The other is leaving S2e open and keeping Wakamotoharu at S2w to balance the East and West ranks (the rationale for this is keeping the column size similar on the actual physical banzuke).
Everything down to M9e should be the same as my previous post. I’ve opted to bump Ura down by half a rank to M4w so that he gets at least a minimal demotion, and placed Asanoyama at M4e.
The changes are in the bottom half of the maegashira ranks, the part of the banzuke I noted has the most uncertainty. After staring at sumodb for a while, I pulled up Wakatakakage to M9w, and then placed Myogiryu and Kotoeko ahead of Kinbozan and Nishikifuji. I also pulled Gonoyama up a rank, which I may regret, and flipped Kotoshoho and Endo. Everything else should be the same. Here’s the previous draft for comparison:
|9e Hokutofuji||9w Kinbozan|
|10e Nishikifuji||10w Wakatakakage|
|11e Myogiryu||11w Kotoeko|
|12e Chiyoshoma||12w Tsurugisho|
|13e Kotoshoho||13w Endo|
|14e Gonoyama||14w Daishoho|
|15e Ryuden||15w Takarafuji|
|16e Shonannoumi||16w Ochiai|
|17e Aoiyama||17w Atamifuji|