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Zunisha[3] is an enormous elephant that wanders the New World and carries the island of Zou on its back.[4]

AppearanceEdit

Zunisha has the appearance of a massive elephant, comparable to an island in sheer scale; its legs are disproportionately and extremely long, such that it can walk on the sea floor while the rest of its body remains above the water. However, it has comparatively small eyes[5] which have sunken deep into their sockets, being barely visible at most times and giving the impression that it has no eyes at all. Its skin is heavily wrinkled, reflecting its old age, and its ears are tattered and frayed at the edges.[6]

PersonalityEdit

Zunisha does not mind carrying a civilization on its back,[7] and in fact cares greatly about the Mink Tribe, demonstrated when it warned Monkey D. Luffy and Kozuki Momonosuke that they would all be in danger if it fell.[8]

RelationshipsEdit

Mink TribeEdit

Zunisha has a commensal relationship with the Mink Tribe and the island of Zou; twice per day, it showers itself with seawater, which helps the minks acquire food in the form of fish and water via a filtration system, causing them to consider it a blessing.[9] When Jack and his fleet were attacking it, Zunisha worried about the minks dying if it were to fall into the sea and begged Kozuki Momonosuke to allow it to fight before this happened.[10]

EnemiesEdit

JackEdit

During his second attack on Zou, Jack decided to slaughter the minks by bringing down Zunisha.[11] He planned to force the elephant to its knees in order to reach its head and kill it in sadistic ways; however, Zunisha was determined to protect the minks, and with Momonosuke's permission, it annihilated Jack's fleet with one swing of its trunk.[12]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Due to its gigantic size, Zunisha can carry a whole island on its back and walk in the New World sea for an entire millennium. It has immense longevity, having lived for at least a thousand years.[13] It can suck up and expel massive amounts of sea water, and with it lots of fish, using its trunk.[14] With a single swing of its trunk, it can wipe out entire fleets of ships.[15]

Zunisha has extraordinary eyesight and can see faraway objects in great detail, as seen when Momonosuke saw through its eyes.[16]

However, due to having lived for so long, it is not very durable, so its weak and aged skin can be heavily damaged by concentrated cannonfire.[17]

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

In the ancient past, Zunisha was sentenced to walk the seas for eternity and only act upon being ordered to do so for committing an unspecified crime.[18] Since then, it has wandered the sea of the New World and lived for centuries carrying the Mink Tribe and the other lifeforms on Zou.[13]

17 days before the Straw Hat Pirates landed on Zou, Jack and the Beasts Pirates invaded Zou. His presence was felt by Zunisha, who roared in pain.[19]

Zou ArcEdit

Zunisha Wipes Out Jack's Fleet

Zunisha wipes out Jack's fleet.

Jack and his men returned to Zou, with Jack intending to kill Zunisha.[11] As Jack and his fleet's attack commenced, Zunisha began shaking and crying out.[20] As Jack's fleet heavily damaged one of its legs, Zunisha begged Kozuki Momonosuke to give it permission to fight back. After Momonosuke explained Zunisha's past and how it could not act without permission, he ordered it to drive Jack away, prompting Zunisha to wipe out Jack's fleet with a powerful swing of its trunk before resuming its walk.[21]

With Jack defeated, Tony Tony Chopper treated Zunisha's injured leg alongside Miyagi and many other minks.[22]

Major BattlesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Zunisha is the oldest living creature introduced in the series, with its lifetime predating even the Void Century.
  • Given the fact that Zunisha can stand in the middle of the sea, it is highly probable its design was also based on the painting The Elephants by the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. 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 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.
  • The kanji 象主 means "elephant lord".
  • "Zunisha" as a word may stem from "Ganesha", the elephant-headed Hindu deit

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 14-15) and Episode 751, Zunisha is seen for the first time.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 16-17) and Episode 751, Luffy realizes that Zunisha has been alive for 1000 years.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 806 (p. 5) and Episode 755, Zunisha's name is revealed.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 14-15) and Episode 751, Law explains how Zunisha is carrying Zou on its back.
  5. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 8), Zunisha's eyes are seen clearly.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 14-17) and Episode 751, Zunisha's aged body and massive size are seen clearly.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 16) and Episode 751, Law reveals that the Mink Tribe lives on Zunisha's back.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 9), Zunisha warns Momonosuke and Luffy that they and the Mink Tribe will be in danger if it falls.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 806 (p. 5) and Episode 755, Wanda explains how Zunisha's washing benefits the Mink Tribe.
  10. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 9-11), Zunisha expresses concern for the safety of the minks and begs Momonosuke to allow it to fight.
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 819 (p. 17), Jack decides to kill Zunisha in order to wipe out the minks.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 6 & 12-16), Jack plans to brutally kill Zunisha, but has his fleet wiped out by its trunk at Momonosuke's command.
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 802 (p. 14-16) and Episode 751, Law describes how Zunisha has been carrying Zou and the Mink Tribe on its back for 1000 years.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 806 (p. 2-6) and Episode 755, Zunisha sucks up seawater and washes itself with it, resulting in large amounts of water and fish filling the streets of the Mokomo Dukedom.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 14-16), Zunisha wipes out Jack's fleet.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 8-9), Zunisha allows Momonosuke to see Jack and his fleet through its eyes.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 5-6), Jack notes that Zunisha's skin must be weak if it is 1000 years old while having his men blast its leg with cannons.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 10), Nekomamushi reveals that Zunisha was sentenced to walk for eternity and only act when ordered due to a crime it committed long ago.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 81 Chapter 807 (p. 17), Zunisha roars in pain as the Beasts Pirates invade Zou.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 820 (p. 16-17), Zunisha begins shaking and crying out as Jack and his fleet attack it.
  21. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 821 (p. 4-17), Zunisha begs for permission to fight back against Jack's fleet and does so before resuming its walk.
  22. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 822 (p. 2), Chopper treats Zunisha's injured leg alongside Miyagi and many other minks.

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