This piece of Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran fan art, which is my prelude to the upcoming Inutober month of October, is dedicated to those who revel in seeing The Splendid Seven consisting of Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran stand united as a mighty martial arts team as well as a family. Sit back, relax, and soak in that awesome power and strong cooperation with these seven Yokai martial artists.

Take one 41-year-old dog Yokai Shotokan karateka in Sesshoumaru, one 40-year-old panther Yokai pro-wrestler in Shuran, one 40-year-old dog Yokai Pankratiast in Inuyasha, one 39-year-old wolf Yokai Tak Muay in Hakkaku, one 39-year-old wolf Yokai Lethwei fighter in Ginta, one 37-year-old wolf Yokai Bokator practitioner in Ayame, and one 35-year-old panther Yokai Shaolin Kung Fu combatant in Shunran, and you get one of the most powerful martial arts teams in Japan as well as the world. These seven Yokai martial artists would smoke any and every tournament that they are in because of their unity and their infallible cooperation, and not just their radical moves. In fact, I am going to give these mighty combatants the centre stage to tell the you all at home who they are and what they are defined by.

(The Splendid Seven gym and dojo. Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran are training in various martial arts. Sesshoumaru is breaking boards, bricks, and ice blocks with ridge-hand strikes, spear-hand strikes, ox-jaw strikes, and knife-hand strikes. Shuran is wrestling with a giant dummy and applying German suplexes, bearhugs, piledrivers, and sharpshooters on it. Inuyasha is surrounded by rough rock sculptures and huge rocks and is giving them double axe handles, ground-and-pounds, liver punches, and hammer fists. Hakkaku is delivering elbow strikes, headbutts, shin kicks, and overhand punches to a huge wooden block made of oak. Ginta is throwing elbow slashes, side headbutts, upward headbutts, and knee strikes to a huge wooden block made of birch. Ayame is on the punching bag and is unleashing uppercuts, jabs, hooks, and cross punches galore. Shunran is on the striking post and is releasing finger strikes, axe kicks, palm strikes, and flying double kicks. The seven Yokai martial artists are hard at work in their training, until Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha halt and turn to the camera.)

Inuyasha: Hey, guys, check it out! We got spectators!

Sesshoumaru: Indeed, brother dearest. Let us accommodate them.

(Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran also stop what they are doing.)

Sesshoumaru: I bet you have found pleasure in what you just witnessed.

Shuran: You wanna know why we have maintained our strength and power as fighters for many years?

Inuyasha: It’s because we train as a team everyday, and we always love to reach higher grounds.

Hakkaku: This teamwork has helped us win in various martial arts tournaments against stronger opponents.

Ginta: And even if we didn’t end up winning, the most important principle we kept is that we work together.

Ayame: Nobody, and we mean nobody, can ever separate us even if they tried to do so.

Shunran: We stand together in triumph and in loss because we are there for each other.

Sesshoumaru: Father and mother, who have also been our instructors in Karate since Inuyasha and I were toddlers, taught me and Inuyasha that there is true strength in numbers.

Inuyasha: Plus, dad and mom even told us that you may have the moves, but if you don’t have the teamwork, you are not a true martial artist.

Shuran: Speaking of which, since our mom also has taught me, Hakkaku, and Ginta that respect for yourself and for others is important.

Hakkaku: Everybody and every martial art is united in one roof.

Ginta: Working together makes things a lot better in the long run.

Ayame: Gramps has also given me and Shunran a piece of advice about attitude and perseverance.

Shunran: He said that a true martial artist perseveres with grace, dignity, gratitude, and humility.

Sesshoumaru: Our families have shaped us into the warriors that we are, and it is thanks to them that we have never given up in tournaments.

Shuran: We have faced a lot of strong opponents, and they respected us. We have also learned a lot from them in return.

Inuyasha: In victory and in loss, we never faltered.

Hakkaku: Even when situations went from bad to worse, we never surrendered.

Ginta: We kept on pushing through with all we’ve got.

Ayame: And we reaped the benefits.

Shunran: To us, that’s what martial arts is all about.

Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran: So, watch out, world, we will never back down, and we will always stay strong!

(Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran put their hands on top of each other and lift them up simultaneously.)

Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran: Let’s go!

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Team spirit in the flesh as engendered by these seven powerful Yokai martial artists. I hope you all enjoyed this, and I will see you in the next submission. Take care, stay safe, and keep the teamwork strong, everybody.

Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran from Inuyasha belong to Rumiko Takahashi and Sunrise.

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