In his conversation with Wesley, Picard tells the young Ensign that when he was fresh out of Starfleet Academy he had his heart punctured in a fight with a group of Nausicaans. The Nausicaans were named by Rick Sternbach, a Japanese anime fan, who named them after the protagonist in the 1984 Hayao Miyazaki
movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
. Years later, Patrick Stewart himself would voice the role of Lord Yupa in Disney's redub of the 2004 unedited edition.