Zunisha Trivia

  • Zunisha is the oldest living creature introduced in the series, with its lifetime predating even the Void Century.
  • Zunisha’s design was based on the painting The Elephants by the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí;its species name read backward is “ダリノエミタイナ象”, which means “Zunisha is something like Dalí’s painting”. The Elephants are notorious for being quite gigantic elephants with buildings on their back and extremely long legs similar to those of the animals on Long Ring Long Land.
  • Zunisha’s species is named “Naitamie-Norida”. “Mie” and “Norida” together can mean “gone too far” in Japanese.
  • Zunisha may be based on the “World Elephant” Hindu concept, which is that a turtle supports elephants which carry the whole world on their backs – this could explain why Zunisha can roam around the sea.
  • “Zunisha” as a word may stem from “Ganesha”, the elephant-headed Hindu deity.
  • According to Miyagi , the Minks will one day have to leave Zunisha’s back and move elsewhere. He also suggested that Zunisha may not just be randomly walking the ocean, but is heading somewhere.

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