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Tooe Gaen (臥煙 遠江, Gaen Tooe), was the sister of Izuko Gaen, the wife of Suruga's Father, and the mother of Suruga Kanbaru.

It was later revealed that Suruga's parents eloped at some point during Suruga's elementary school life, as the Kanbaru family did not approve of their relationship.

She and her husband died together in an accident. By the time of her death, Kanbaru will have received a "monkey's paw" (the Rainy Devil's left arm) while Deishuu Kaiki will have been entrusted with the Rainy Devil's head. Tooe's possession of these two artifacts imply her strong connection with oddities.


Tooe is slightly older than her younger sister Izuko. The difference is through her shorter hair and brown eyes. Her daughter Suruga inherited the same brown eyes. Due to her death in the real world, her actual appearance is seen in the Mirror World where reality is inverted. She doesn't wear any form of clothing as she was mostly seen in the nude.



Suruga Devil[]

This section contains content from Hanamonogatari.
In a dream, Tooe lectures her daughter for being weak. Asserting Suruga's life will be more aggravating than other people's she prays for Suruga learning to live for that aggravation. Tooe is aware of a curse from the moment people are born with. This curse also applies to her daughter. For Suruga, she can't grasp what her mother was trying to point out.[1] The reason behind it comes into play at her passing.

At the end of the arc Suruga communicates with her for once in a different dream. She listens to her daughter's encounter with an old friend despite her lack of enthusiasm. Tooe questions if Rouka Numachi was not medicine nor poison, and was water (more specifically muddy water), she asks Suruga to identify herself between the three based on the first conversation in the beginning. After Suruga acknowledging herself as a flash flood, she bids farewell in the afterlife.[2][3]

Koyomi Reverse[]

This section contains content from Zoku Owarimonogatari.

Suruga Bonehead[]


  • Tooe's theme song derives from Kaiki's theme song in Nisemonogatari titled Ominous. Interestingly, both of them use the cello.

Catchphrases / Running Gags[]

  • "If you can't be medicine, be poison. Otherwise you're nothing but water."[4]

Appears In[]

Main Series[]

Short Stories[]



  1. HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale. Suruga Devil. Chapter 002, pp.13-18. Published by Vertical.
  2. HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale. Suruga Devil. Chapter 032, pp.275-277. Published by Vertical.
  3. Hanamonogatari Episode 05: Suruga Devil, Part 5.
  4. HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale. Suruga Devil. Chapter 002, p.13. Published by Vertical.


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Characters of the Monogatari Series
Araragi Family Koyomi AraragiKaren AraragiTsukihi AraragiAraragi Matriarch
Heroines Hitagi SenjougaharaMayoi HachikujiSuruga KanbaruNadeko SengokuTsubasa Hanekawa/Black HanekawaShinobu OshinoSodachi OikuraOugi Oshino
Oddity Specialists Meme OshinoDeishuu KaikiYozuru KagenuiYotsugi OnonokiIzuko GaenTadatsuru TeoriSeishirou Shishirui
Hearsay Police Department Zenka SuoNozomi KizashimaMitome SaisakiTsuzura Kouga
Vampire Hunters DramaturgyEpisodeGuillotine Cutter
Other Characters Hitagi's FatherHitagi's MotherTsunadeMayoi's FatherTooe GaenSuruga's FatherSuruga's GrandmotherNadeko's ParentsTsubasa's ParentsMizudoriRousokuzawaSeiu HigasaRouka NumachiSasayabuKomichi TetsujouDeathtopia Virtuoso Suicide-MasterTropicalesque Home-A-Wave Dog-Strings