Unlike Byakuya, zombie Kensei and Rose don’t even think of holding back against Hisagi and they cut him down immediately. As it turns out, Kurotsuchi is indeed controlling them after applying his drug on them through the arrancars’ blood. Thanks to his “samples” even the slightest bit of the drug will transfer control over their consciousness to him, making it a better version of Giselle’s ability. The poor captains have been turned into pawns for the stronger characters, but it seems that the zombie transformation has actually made them more efficient fighters. Now they talk a lot less and strike more decisively, which also means they don’t stand around explaining their abilities to the enemy for the entire chapter. Byakuya is somewhat appalled at Kurotsuchi’s methods – surprising given that he’s usually the ruthless one – but the mad scientist claims that he only wants to protect Sereitei (somehow, I doubt him).
Regardless, Kurotsuchi is the hero of the moment, and he seems to know more about the quincies than any other captain. All the research has paid off, and his new toys put Giselle to the sword, then proceed to beat the crap out of Pepe. Apparently his Corpse Squad is invulnerable to Pepe’s love, a cheap plot device that shows even Kubo barely cares about these ridiculous, overpowered villains that are defeated simply because their novelty is gone and their allotted screen time has been exhausted. I was actually a little disappointed in Gigi’s unceremonious death, as she had been hinted to be a pretty interesting character compared to the other girls. Previously she did heal back severe wounds very quickly, so it’s still possible for her to come back. On the other hand, I’m sure nobody will miss Pepe as he meets his end, possibly at the hands (or mouth) of Liltotto, who doesn’t look too amused about being sucker punched by a love-stricken Meninas. Once she has eaten a couple of her allies, she may turn out to be pretty strong, and if past trends are any indication, power levels only increase over the course of the arc.