The Mikado's men, in search of the Shisigami Tari's head, finally find it. Lady Eboshi kills Shisigami Tari by shooting at his neck when he transforms into the "Nightcrawler". The Shisigami Tari's body explodes in a strange black liquid, destroying all it touches. Ashitaka and San confornt the Mikado's men, who won't give the head back. The head must be returned by Human hands, thus proving that the Mononoke Hime IS human, and not a mononoke. The head is returned, and Shisigami Tari's life is put into all living things, after it mysteriously explodes. Ashitaka goes with Lady Eboshi to help re-build the Tatara-Ba; San lives in the forest. They both promise to visit each other in the future. As the screen fades out, a tiny Kodama appears, walking on top of a fallen tree, and bobs his tiny head.