The truth about Angel’s existence is finally revealed in ‘One Room Angel’ episode 3. Find out what it is in BLTai’s recap of the fantasy series.
Kouki’s mother comes to visit, leading Kouki in a panic. He asks Angel to hide in the closet, saying that his mother might think he kidnapped Angel. He was hesitant at first to agree, but Angel felt so scared about Kouki’s mom’s presence that he got in quickly. Kouki let his mom inside his apartment, amidst her nagging of how dirty the room was. She even pointed out the phone that Kouki has, saying that he doesn’t need a high-tech phone, but Kouki says his old phone was not usable at all. Kouki’s mom went on a trip down memory lane, thinking of when Kouki was a child, he used to play with his imaginary friends… who would have thought that kid would turn out into a “gorilla”, she said. Kouki snapped back that he got his “gorilla” personality from her, earning a smack in the head. Kouki’s mom then proceeds to leave. Kouki once again thanked her for her financial help, with his mom saying he shouldn’t use the dirty money he earned to do another dirty deed.
Before she completely leaves, Kouki manages to ask her about his brother’s whereabouts. Kouki’s mother says she doesn’t know, but she hopes that Kouki does not end up like his brother.
After Kouki’s mother left, Angel asked about the kind of shady things he did back in the day. Although quite hesitant, Kouki recounted the things he did around seven years ago.
Kouki says that he used to be a lackey for bad people, doing shady things to make money. He managed to drag his little brother, who just graduated, with him to do shady things. He introduced him to selling illegal drugs and other things that involve money. However, one instance led him to go head-to-head with a yakuza. Kouki begged the yakuza men to spare his brother because he was the one who brought him in. However, the cruel men who tortured them broke both of his brother’s arms. Having witnessed his brother go through that torture, Kouki could not move. He didn’t know what to do — should he go to the police and hand over his brother? In the end, he didn’t. He, then, received a message from him some time later, saying that he was alive. However, that also means his brother became a yakuza himself. Kouki thought about how he would be punished for everything he did to his brother. Angel, however, disagreed. He said that Kouki has done enough for “retribution” and that he has suffered enough. He also reiterated that Kouki was not to blame for what happened to his brother. Kouki looks at Angel in disbelief, feeling weirdly taken by his kind words.
After a heartwarming conversation, the two decide to go back to the alleyway where Angel had his first memory, in hopes of regaining some memories. He didn’t regain any. However, as they are about to leave, a gangster recognizes Kouki and starts to attack him as retribution for the two boys who attacked him. Kouki was about to completely ignore him but he saw that Angel was panicking when a pipe nearly hit him. In anger, Kouki attacks him relentlessly. The manager came in time to stop him from attacking the person further. He apologizes to the manager and leaves with Angel. But not until he sees Angel with his feathers completely fallen out. The defeated (and pathetic) gangster was still taunting him, saying mean things, but Kouki was just concerned about Angel.