You should actually mention the bloodline, being a Matsunosuke bloodline Showa bred by Toshio Sakai. It has different traits and develop very slow into fine specimens, over of period of three years plus, whereas other bloodlines develop much faster.
What you normally look for in a showa as youngster, does not always apply for some bloodline, especially Matsunosuke bloodline Showas.
See the various discussions on the International forums on this bloodline, for instance http://www.koi-bito.com/forum/main-forum/9803-lets-talk-about-matsunosuke.html
By Aquitori (Tony) a very well know koi expert:
Toshio Sakai is probably one of the top breeders in Japan, what sets him apart from the rest is his development of the "NEW" Matsunosuke bloodline he created with his brother.
I think it is easy to pick a fish that has the Matsunosuke trait, but even harder to pick ones that have the Magoi bloodline.
If a batch of Matsunosuke Showa and Sanke Tosai are bowled, what will you look for?
You have to look for:
1. The best tosai that shows the the Matsunosuke bodyline trait, which is usually long and skinny.
2. The fine translucent skin quality
3. The sumi shouldnt be too finish but show the quality of the bloodline.
The most important "asset" of this bloodline is it's bodyshape when older and it's growth rate, and stability of Sumi and Hi.
In view of the bloodline, what is your opinion on Shawn's choice?
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