Salunga

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Salunga
Salunga in episode 13 of Godzilla Singular Point
Alternate names Sarnga,[1] Sharanga, monkey
Species Primate-like extradimensional reptilian
Length 21 meters[2]
Place(s) of emergence Union Compound India
Enemies Humans
Written by Toh EnJoe
Designed by Eiji Yamamori
First appearance Latest appearance
Godzilla Singular Point
episode 5, "Gadabout"
Godzilla Singular Point
episode 13, "Together"
Roar(s)
The monkey prevails?
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Tilda Miller as an Orthogonal Diagonalizer fired at Salunga has no effect on him (Godzilla Singular Point episode 13, "Together")

Salunga (サルンガ,   Sarunga) is a reptilian ape-like kaiju who first appears in episode 5 of the 2021 anime Godzilla series Godzilla Singular Point.

Name

Salunga's name is likely derived from the Japanese word saru (猿), meaning "monkey." Toho filed a trademark on his Japanese name サルンガ (Sarunga) on October 6, 2020.[3] Salunga is referred to in the anime as シャランガ (Sharanga), the name for the celestial bow of the Hindu god Vishnu. This serves as the local Indian name for the monster, with サルンガ (Sarunga) being applied by the Japanese media.[4] The English dub uses this name for the monster.

While Netflix's subtitles and the tag on the monster's Movie Monster Series figure render サルンガ as "Salunga" in English, the June 2021 issue of CGWORLD magazine refers to him as Sarnga.[1]

Development

Godzilla Singular Point director Atsushi Takahashi provided the starting point for Salunga: a primate ferociously baring its gums. Salunga was designed by Eiji Yamamori, who found it the most challenging monster of the show. Yamamori's first efforts riffed on a gelada, but he thought the results were too human-like. He ended up referencing rhinos, as well the monsters Gabara and Baragon, with the monster's skin texture and mouth resembling that of a lizard. Sketches by Yamamori were then sent to concept artist Yuji Kaneko, who determined the color and additional textures given to the designs. The blue stripes on its brow and ears were meant to invoke the shape of the Hindu god Vishnu's bow Sharanga, which inspired the monster's name. As with all of the show's other monsters, Orange Co., Ltd. handled the modeling and animation of Salunga.[5]

Origin

To be added.

Design

Salunga resembles a combination of the Showa monsters Baragon and Gabara. Like Gabara, he has warty green skin, a beige underbelly, a cat-like muzzle, and horns running along the top of his head, but lacks the red lock of hair. Much like Baragon, he has a long tail, a larger forward facing horn on his forehead, and a paired row of golden plates running down the length of his back. He also has additional, fungus-like plates on his shoulders and scutes on his hind feet and fingers, and his eyes are white in color. He has arms with three long fingers and opposable thumbs. His posture is much like that of a primate, having long arms, relatively short legs, and a prominently hunched back. This makes him capable of walking both bipedally and quadrupedally, and allows him to be an adept climber. Salunga can also retract his lips to reveal his gums and teeth in an intimidation display, similar to the real life Gelada monkey. He also appears to have an underbite, as the teeth on his upper jaw tuck behind the teeth on his lower jaw.

History

Reiwa era

Godzilla Singular Point

"Gadabout"

At the Union Compound India, Bearach Byrne and his associates descended onto a massive containment hatch, opening it with a pair of access keys. From a control room, Tilda Miller was shown stills of what lay below: Salunga.

"Theorist"

As the hatch opened, clouds of Red Dust poured out from below. Amidst the haze, Salunga stood atop a perch and roared at the men before beginning to climb nearby scaffolding. As BB and the others began retreating, Salunga steadily approached the top. Operators in the control room scrambled to reseal the hatch, managing to close it just moments before Salunga could escape. Thwarted, the creature banged on the hatch and roared in anger.

"Omniarch"

Salunga broke through multiple hatches as he continued his attempt to climb out of his containment, eventually making it to a final hatch where guards began to shoot down at him, only for the bullets to bounce off of his hide. As he leaped around exploding rafters, Bearach dropped an experimental Orthogonal Diagonalizer weapon that crystallized the Red Dust and impaled him on the rafter he was climbing. Still alive, Salunga snarled at Bearach as the containment doors closed.

"Encipher"

Salunga managed to escape his containment facility by taking another route that led to a cave exit through the Red Lake. As he made his way towards the SHIVA Union Compound, several armed personnel attempted to slow down his advance, firing at him with AK rifles and BTR APCs. Completely unfazed, he blasted the vehicles away using his manipulation of the Red Dust. Bearach and his team utilized a new Orthogonal Diagonalizer in the form of a missile, the first shot covering the kaiju in small shards of crystalline Archetype, while the second impaled and paralyzed him.

"Explorer"

Salunga broke free of the Archetype spears and began his march towards SHIVA.

"Together"

Finally arriving at the SHIVA Union Compound, he was greeted by Tilda and a SHIVA employee, who fired another Orthogonal Diagonalizer missile at him. It detonated, but Salunga moved the Red Dust away to negate its effects. Salunga then proceeded to relentlessly tear his way through the facility to get to the Super Dimension Calculator, which he eventually destroyed in order to reach the Singular Point inside. As he finished doing so, a code for the Orthogonal Diagonalizer was sent, turning all Archetype in the facility into blue-hued crystals which once again impaled the kaiju.

Abilities

Physical abilities

Salunga is an excellent and acrobatic climber, being able to scale the metal rafters in his containment area, leaping from one rafter to the other and swing around cables. Salunga is also incredibly strong, managing to open a giant metal door and break through his containment chamber.

Durability

Bullets from the guards' heavy caliber rifles proved to be ineffective in piercing Salunga's hide, only bouncing off after impact. Archetype crystallized by the Orthogonal Diagonalizer pierced his skin and immobilized him but was unable to kill the beast.

Red Dust production

Much like Godzilla, though not to the same extent, Salunga is often surrounded by a cloud of Archetype in the form of Red Dust. Additionally, he can thicken the cloud of Red Dust around him, and can also somewhat use it offensively, being able to easily knock over and flip over a squadron of police cars with the Red Dust.

Electricity

Salunga discharges electricity from his body

Salunga is able to release electricity from his body similarly to Gabara, as shown when he pushed open a large door in SHIVA, visibly illuminating his horn in the process.

Intelligence

Salunga is capable of strategizing, as shown when it realized that the Orthogonal Diagonalizer needed the Red Dust that the monster controlled to work and rendered it useless by moving the Red Dust away as it activated.

Video games

Books

Gallery

Main article: Salunga/Gallery.

Trivia

  • Salunga was frequently mistaken for Gabara by fans and media outlets after viewing the trailers for Godzilla Singular Point due his similar appearance.

See also

References

This is a list of references for Salunga. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 CGWORLD. vol. 274. Born Digital, Inc. 10 May 2021. p. 50. ASIN B093CGCRC1. |volume= has extra text (help)
  2. Godzilla Singular Point Fan Book. Futabasha. 13 July 2021. p. 41. ISBN 978-4-575-45883-1.
  3. "Information on application/registration of trademarks - サルンガ". Japan Platform for Patent Information. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  4. "Kaiju". godzilla-sp.jp. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. MONSTROSITIES (25 May 2021). "The Kaiju of Godzilla Singular Point: Mysteries And Production Story | Godzilla's Netflix Anime 2021". YouTube.

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