The Tooga are the only group of people allowed to enter the town. They trade goods between Glie and everywhere else. They are not allowed to speak to or associate with the townspeople, but communicate through sign language with Washi.
The Tooga are connected with the Haibane Renmei, but it's
hard to tell just how deep the connection goes. They both use the same
sign language, and their garments have many similarities, so it could
be that the Tooga are simply the mobile section of the Renmei.
The Tooga get very little screen time in the series. Other
than their minor appearance in episode 2, we only ever see them again
when they rescue Rakka from the well. There's not a lot to go on for
The main question about the Tooga is who they are. Are
they failed haibane, like the Renmei is? If so, the number of haibane
who fail their trials must be fairly high, since there's quite a group
What's more interesting is what the Tooga implies about
the world outside of Glie. Either the Tooga are engaged in a massive
filtering project (on all those books and other goods they bring in
to the city), or there are a number of cities like Glie around, which
the Tooga travel between.
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