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After having rescued Natsumi, Kurotabō encounters Yanagida, who recognizes him as a former member of the Hyaku Monogatari Clan and voices his hatred of Kurotabō. As the "fear" world dissipates around them, Kurotabō demands to know what the Hyaku Monogatari Clan is planning and is startled when Yanagida mentions that they are close to reviving Sanmoto Gorōzaemon. He further knows of the incident with Gagoze and the battle against the Shikoku Hachijūhakki Yakō, and claims that everything since the second's death has been orchestrated by Sanmoto Gorōzaemon.
Rikuo and Tsurara arrive, and they along with Kurotabō, Natsumi and Saori leave before the "fear" world collapses completely. Rikuo calls an emergency meeting of the Nura Clan, where the Hyaku Monogatari Clan is the topic in question. The senior members of the clan are mildly disgruntled at having to explain the matter to the younger generation, but Mokugyo Daruma ultimately takes it upon himself to do so. Hitotsume Nyūdō states that there must be a spy among them, and subtly accuses Kurotabō - who firmly asserts his loyalty to the Nura Clan. After the meeting, Rikuo meets Kurotabō beneath the sakura tree and asks to hear his story.
The story shifts to Tokyo of the past, during the Genroku Era, where a trio of humans are talking about a current ghost story rumor. One, a landlady, becomes annoyed upon reaching the house and shouts at the tenant upstairs. The tenant in question - Rihan - descends sleepily and soon asks to hear the rumors of which the people had spoken.