Angels Need Comfort Too In ‘One Room Angel’ EP4

One Room Angel

Who was the student in the news that Angel found himself reading about in the news? Let’s find out on BLTai’s recap of ‘One Room Angel’ EP4. 

TW: Mentions of suicide and mental illness

One Room Angel

It’s scorching hot in Kouki’s room and Kouki is adamant about not opening the air conditioning because of the electricity bill. Angel complains that he’s hungry and they play rock, paper, scissors on who will cook. Kouki loses and forces himself to cook. To make himself feel better, Angel tells a “bone-chilling” story, but it ends up being a depressing story.

The two, then, continue to eat lunch, with their usual bickering. Kouki heads off to another job interview, while Angel searches on their phone about the event that occurred when Kouki was stabbed. Incidentally, there was also a suicide that happened at the building nearby. To find out more information about it, Angel runs off to the convenience store where Kouki used to work in an attempt to talk to the manager. However, the manager kept ignoring Angel despite his loud voice. Angel was even more confused when a customer went off to the manager and talked to him, getting his attention just fine. Angel then realized that nobody could actually see him… except Kouki. 

Angel runs off to the street to see if anybody can see him but, as expected, nobody can. Everybody continues to ignore him, to his astonishment. 

Kouki arrives home in a distressed Angel wearing his original clothes. Angel asks Kouki if he already knows about the boy who jumped at the same time he was stabbed. Kouki admits that he only knows (and suspects) a little because, during his interrogation at the police station, he was asked about the situation. Kouki apologizes to Angel. Angel quietly puts all the pieces together and realizes that he isn’t an angel, only a boy who committed suicide. Kouki wanted to comfort Angel, thinking that he wanted to do the same that Angel did to him, but it seemed he was not as good at comforting. 

However, Angel tries to pick himself up and even manages to ask Kouki if he’s a person who can see ghosts because he’s the only one who can see and interact with him. Kouki denies it, and even more about the possibility of him imagining Angel, just like what Kouki’s mom said. However, since he doesn’t have any friends, the possibility of it is still not off the table, says Angel, to which Kouki was left speechless (because it might be true). Kouki reflected on it, thinking that it might be a convenient truth that he created Angel in his mind because he could even say things that he wanted to hear, while on the brink of death.

Later that night, Kouki goes over to the convenience store where he used to work and asks about the same incident that Angel wanted to ask about earlier. There, they found out that the manager saw the boy who jumped immediately after seeing Kouki, too. The manager said that the boy was the son of Takashina, the salaryman who goes to the convenience store regularly to buy a pack of cigarettes. 

The next day, Kouki visited Takashina’s house. Inside, Takashina talks about what his son was like when he was alive. It also seemed like he took after his father when it came to his habits, like telling ridiculous stories to take their mind off of something. Kouki looked at Angel who was also in disbelief. Kouki then asks Takashina about his son. Takashina explains that his son left a suicide note. He says that his son was a quiet person and he was very considerate of him. 

 

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One Room Angel

After visiting Takashina’s house, Angel walks ahead and thinks about how he feels like he is a lingering thought of the student who jumped. Kouki tries to comfort him by holding his head down, but Angel’s feathers start falling, signifying Kouki’s strong feelings of worry. Angel says he doesn’t need to feel that worried for him, but Kouki still hugs him, earning weird looks from passersby. But Kouki didn’t care, he just wanted to comfort him. 

Kouki dreamt that so many feathers were falling and he complained about it, calling out to Angel. But then, Kouki thought if all of his feathers withered away, maybe Angel would leave him, causing him to panic. He woke up in a jolt, with Angel tickling his face with a feather. Angel announces he will sleep in Kouki’s futon, which doesn’t get much disagreement from Kouki.

 

Writer’s thoughts:

Things are starting to clear up with Angel’s “existence” and why the two are suddenly pushed into a situation together. One thing’s for sure, though, is that Angel exists because Kouki needs something (or, rather, someone) to cling to so he can try to live. Kouki doesn’t mind dying, which he said, making it hard for him to make any effort to actually live. To people with depression, something as trivial as cooking food requires a lot more effort than people who don’t have it. But a little push, just like what Angel did, made Kouki eat a meal. Despite that, it’s still a mystery as to why Angel’s human form decided to take his life, however. Let’s find out in the next episode of ‘One Room Angel’.

Watch ‘One Room Angel‘ on GagaOOLala and enjoy seeing Angel’s beauty on your big screen when you download the GagaOOLala app on the Amazon App Store, Roku, or Google Play. Available to watch on the GagaOOLala app every Friday at noon GMT+8.

 

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