The Splendid Seven’s Fighting Game Inspirations

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Greetings and salutations, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and hand-to-hand fighting game fans. Antoni here. Ever since I sunk my teeth into Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran partaking in various martial arts, I also thought about my experience playing hand-to-hand video games such as Tekken, Street Fighter, and King of Fighters when I was a child. Furthermore, I also thought about Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter Alpha the Animation, Street Fighter II V, and Street Fighter the Animated Series which have always been my most favourite animated adaptations from hand-to-hand fighting video games. What better way to unite my enjoyment of hand-to-hand fighting video games and the dedication I have to my beloved Inuyasha AU headcanon than to match the fighting game characters that I think match Sesshoumaru’s, Inuyasha’s, Shuran’s, Hakkaku’s, Ginta’s, Ayame’s, and Shunran’s fighting styles and personalities.
 
Since The Splendid Seven consists of, naturally, seven members who are united as one powerful and unconditionally loving family, I am going to list seven fighting game characters to each Splendid Seven member that I believe encapsulates each of them in terms of personality, style, and appeal. Furthermore, these fighting game characters are who I believe they would emulate with all their being. With that said, let us get cracking and mauling.
 
Sesshoumaru is undoubtedly a Shotokan, Kyokushin, Mixed Martial Arts, Marine Corps Martial Arts, Japanese Jujitsu, and Brazilian Jujitsu champion. However, I could also see him excelling in Ansatsuken, Mishima Style Fighting Karate, and Kyokengryu Karate with precision and lethalness. Here are the fighting game characters Sesshoumaru would potentially form the basis of his fighting style.
  1. Ryu Hoshi (Street Fighter)
  2. Guile (Street Fighter)
  3. Charlie Nash (Street Fighter)
  4. Kazuya Mishima (Tekken)
  5. Lee Chaolan (Tekken)
  6. Ryo Sakazaki (King of Fighters)
  7. Robert Garcia (King of Fighters)
 
Inuyasha is the undisputed master of Taekwondo, Hapkido, Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Kapu Kuialua, and Bokator. Just like Sesshoumaru, he would also excel in Ansatsuken and Mishima Style Fighting Karate. The difference is that Inuyasha would also employ Hybrid Style Martial Arts in his combat resumé with great strength and power. Inuyasha’s fighting game character inspirations are as follows.
  1. Ken Masters (Street Fighter)
  2. Akuma (Street Fighter)
  3. Alex (Street Fighter)
  4. Paul Phoenix (Tekken)
  5. Baek Doo San (Tekken)
  6. Terry Bogard (King of Fighters)
  7. Alex Bogard (King of Fighters)
 
Shuran can dominate any ring in Sumo Wrestling, Mongolian Wrestling, Professional Wrestling, Ssireum, Turkish Oil Wrestling, Pehlwani, and Malla-yuddha. Although he is predominantly a grappler, he could also adapt superbly with strikes, especially where his punches and palm strikes are concerned as well as having a background in Brazilian Jujitsu, Sambo, and Vale Tudo. No doubt is Shuran going to emulate these fighting game characters.
  1. E. Honda (Street Fighter)
  2. Zangief (Street Fighter)
  3. Hugo (Street Fighter)
  4. Ganryu (Tekken)
  5. The Jack Robots (Tekken)
  6. Akatsuki-Maru (King of Fighters)
  7. Antonov (King of Fighters)
 
Hakkaku can use his skills in Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, Kajukenbo, Panantukan, Dambe, Moraingy, and Taekkyeon to knock every single one of his opponents down. His signature elbow strikes, knee strikes, and shin kicks may be gloriously devastating, but he could also employ these attacks from Taekwondo, Bushinryu, and Boxing. It is through these fighting game characters that Hakkaku is going to find inspiration from the following seven.
  1. Dan Hibiki (Street Fighter)
  2. Sagat (Street Fighter)
  3. Guy (Street Fighter)
  4. Bruce Irvin (Tekken)
  5. Bryan Fury (Tekken)
  6. Joe Higashi (King of Fighters)
  7. Shen Woo (King of Fighters)
 
Ginta can implement what he has been learning from Lethwei, Pencak Silat, Sanda, Hwa Rang Do, Tang Soo Do, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Systema to effectively incapacitate all of his enemies. He is also extremely versatile in terms of his combat approaches, as evidenced in combining strikes from Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, and Shaolin Kung Fu. These seven fighting game characters are undoubtedly who can define Ginta.
  1. Fei Long (Street Fighter)
  2. Adon (Street Fighter)
  3. Cody (Street Fighter)
  4. Lei Wulong (Tekken)
  5. Marshall Law (Tekken)
  6. Kim Kaphwan (King of Fighters)
  7. Rick Strowd (King of Fighters)
 
Ayame is an exemplarily picture-perfect example of championing Kickboxing, Nippon Kenpo, Shorinji Kenpo, Boxing, Judo, Krav Maga, and Sambo. Given her formidability and adaptability to any and every martial art, she can also use what she has learned in Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido, Karate, and army-based martial arts to propel her physical abilities and use them for protection. This is evidenced in the seven fighting game characters who define her.
  1. Chun-Li (Street Fighter)
  2. Cammy White (Street Fighter)
  3. Sakura Kasugano (Street Fighter)
  4. Nina Williams (Tekken)
  5. Mary “Blue Mary” Ryan (King of Fighters)
  6. Mai Shiranui (King of Fighters)
  7. Yuri Sakazaki (King of Fighters)
 
Shunran is a godsend through her incomparable Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Wushu, Baguazhang, Changquan, and Northern Praying Mantis. She is also a very versatile martial artist who does not limit herself to kicks, somersaults, and dance-like moves, for she can use punches, hand strikes, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and joint locks to overcome her enemies. Shunran’s fighting game inspirations do shape what her identity as a fighter is.
  1. Hokuto (Street Fighter)
  2. Pullum Purna (Street Fighter)
  3. Elena (Street Fighter)
  4. Anna Williams (Tekken)
  5. Athena Asamiya (King of Fighters)
  6. Li Xiangfei (King of Fighters)
  7. May Lee Jinju (King of Fighters)
 
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the fighting game characters I believe would fit Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran really well. It was not easy compiling this, especially re-familiarising myself with certain fighting game characters, but it made me so overjoyed rediscovering my enjoyment of fighting games and incorporating it to my Splendid Seven AU headcanon.

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