While Sotoba's villagers are debating the cause of the frequent deaths, the village shaman accuses the residents of Kanemasa mansion of being okiagari. No one around the village, including her daughter believes her when she tells them their loved ones were killed by okiagari. Toshio is asked by people if the deaths are being caused by an epidemic, but he only tells them they should cremate any family members that die. Toshio and Seishin argue over the ethics of staking corpses before they become okiagari. Seishin discovers Sunako's secret. Toshio is confronted by the shaman and several villagers wanting the truth and he denies anything to do with okiagari, but when they won't leave he agrees he'll check the pulse of the father at Kanemasa mansion if the father agrees to it. At the mansion, Seishirou Kirishiki - Sunako and Tatsumi's father - explains why his wife and daughter can't go outside during the daytime. Toshio checks Seishirou's pulse; Mr. Kirishiki has a normal pulse, body temperature, and respiration. That night, the shaman is tricked into rescuing a woman's family to get rid of her.