As the leader of the Shichi039nintai Bankotsu is referred to as quotgreat big brotherquot by the other six members because he is the strongest member and the founder of the group however is also the youngest. He retrieves his giant halberd Banry from a castle whose previous lord participated in a plot to put an end to the Shichi039nintai because they were too strong and stirred great fear among the rogue military leaders. Although it takes the strength of three of the lord039s strong soldiers to merely lift Banry Bankotsu wields it singlehandedly and is a significant challenge to InuYasha in oneonone melee combat without his Tessaiga.