Although Byakuya destroys the building with his attack, Zommari manages to survive by burrowing into his pumpkin-like body. When he emerges again, he opens all the eyes on his forehead and tries to take control of Byakuya again, but the Shinigami captain uses a spell to erect a barrier between them. Byakuya had figured out that earlier that Zommari’s ability is similar to kidou, and so the barrier is able to stop repeated uses of Zommari’s ability. When Byakuya uses his speed to get behind Zommari and put his sword to Zommari’s neck, Zommari appears to beg for mercy, but he then gets pissed off at Byakuya’s eyes judging him. This leads to Zommari launching into a long rant about the Shinigami persecuting the Hollows and how their justice is actually conceit. Tired of hearing this, Byakuya makes it clear that the reason he’s killing Zommari is because Zommari pointed a blade at his pride. He finally finishes Zommari off, and as Zommari dies, he yells banzai for Aizen. Afterward, Byakuya has Isane – who had come here earlier under Unohana’s orders – take care of the injuries to everyone.
Elsewhere in Las Noches, Szayel is tormenting Kurotsuchi with another doll, and it looks as if Szayel has won. However, right after Szayel tries to finish Kurotsuchi off, the 12th Division captain pops back up and makes a mocking face. As it turns out, back when he had fought Ishida, Kurotsuchi had infected Ishida with tons of surveillance bacteria, and those bacteria allowed him to observe the earlier fight between Ishida and Szayel. Because of this, he had replaced all his organs and tendons with dummies before coming to Hueco Mundo. This dumbfounds Szayel because it hasn’t even been an hour since he used that ability, and he tries to counterattack by grabbing Nemu. Tired of all this, Kurotsuchi initiates ban kai and brings out Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou. It immediately starts spewing a poison that gets into Szayel, and nothing Szayel can do counteracts it. He doesn’t get any more time to figure out a solution either because the giant baby head proceeds to eat him.
So what’s up with them not being able to show blood with the crushing of internal organs? I thought that it might have been a one-time censoring thing since the previous two episodes had a decent amount of blood (Tesla even got his arm cut off by Zaraki), but this week Kurotsuchi was spitting up that water-like substance again. It just doesn’t make any sense to me, but I guess they deserve credit for at least being consistent. That aside though, I thought the episode was pretty good. It was fun both to see Nemu again and to have someone completely outwit Szayel. I still think Kurotsuchi’s ban kai is ugly as sin, and I could have done without Zommari’s earlier rant, but those are more complaints about the original material than how the anime adapted it. In any case, as the preview (which is back again this week) suggests, the battle isn’t quite over yet between Kurotsuchi and Szayel.