Hinomaru Sumo – Go Fourth (Episodes 13-16)

Hinomaru trains with a former Yokozuna whose methods really aren’t for everyone, but with Nationals coming up, he better make it count!

What’s happened since last time? Hinomaru and Chizuko have been invited to join a former Yokozuna for training. Chizuko isn’t quite sure why she’s there or what she’s got herself into, but is willing to help Hinomaru. That seems to be his gift. His passion inspires those around him to help.

Upon completing their training, they rejoin the others and head home to prepare for Nationals. Everyone has taken something from the training camp with Oyakate’s stable. Kunisaki even approaches a rival wrestler for help and is ready to shock the sumo world.

Nationals get underway and Hinomaru quickly shows how much he’s grown before coming up against the number one ranked high school wrestler in Japan. He’s in for the fight of his life and all the supporters can do is hold onto their seats and try to remember to breathe.

Have your feelings changed? Not at all. I’m still in awe of this series for its bold art style and exhilarating fights. It’s hard not to get caught up in the spectacle of the event. The fights are so interesting and there are times when I realise I haven’t blinked or breathed in ages.

I do have one small complaint… they changed the OP and ED as of episode 15 and they are terrible. The original ones grabbed the spirit of the series and left you feeling pumped, but they have been replaced by a couple of soft and boring songs with cheesy shounen style artwork. I can’t understand why they changed it!

Favourite character so far? Hinomaru is an amazing character and without him there wouldn’t be a show, but Kunisaki is and always has been my second favourite character. Now, he’s starting to climb a little, getting close to Hinomaru. I’m also starting to like Chizuko who was really standoffish from the beginning, but now that she’s starting to get caught up in it, she’s let her guard down.

Who do you want to see more of? Definitely more Kunisaki. He is a monster of a wrestler, but his goal is to become a mixed martial artist. It’s incredible to watch him progress as a sumo wrestler. He’s bold and determined, but also very thoughtful of his situation and his teammates.

Are you going to continue watching? I really never thought I would get so caught up in an anime about sumo wrestling, but it really is special. The fight scenes alone make it worth watching, but the training and the character development is interesting too. There are eight more episodes to go and I can’t wait.

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