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those specific people haning there, but he was expecting Szayel's research specimens in his lab. I doubt that Mayuri knows the research specimens personally. At most, if one of them really is Cirucci, the privaron espada Uryuu fought, then he would have seen her through the surveillance bacteria he implanted in Ishida.
I doubht it's Cirucci, Renji was just meeting up with Szayel, when Ishida and Cirruci where fighting.
And maybe it's someone we haven't seen before.
From their reactions, the specimens do indeed need to be people that Renji and Ishida know. But that said, it can't just be any side character - if it was Ginrei or Chirruchi there does not seem any point to the whole keeping their identities secret; both as characters have existed so briefly in the manga as to impact nothing.
I find myself agreeing with Patedcarne in his first post in this thread, when he said that these specimens are going to be extremely significant. There is no point in hiding them as silhouettes - or even giving Szayel a specimen vault at all - if nothing more is going to come of it than having the hidden identities be nothing but bit parts. Hence my earlier guess.
The problem with the real Urahara/Yoruichi theory is that they wouldn't let themselves be captured by comparatively weak arrancar like Szayel. And if someone else did, there probably would've been a big stir.
That is the major flaw with the whole idea, that either Urahara or Yoruichi could even be captured in the first place - by anybody, let alone Szayel. Especially given Yoruichi's unofficial title; capture does seem out of the question. Plus, we have Urahara having sent Ichigo and company off to Hueco Mundo in the first place, so he is accounted for, and recently.
This is why I think the gigai part of the whole theory is necessary for the above idea to hold. I don't see Szayel having them in his closet. But copies of them? Then it becomes plausible.
Still, I don't think they'd let even a gigai get captured.
Nor do I. But that's not quite what I was theorizing either. I believe these to be gigai or images that Aizen himself has made or had made. If Urahara could create gigai back in his days in SS and later on earth, then why not Aizen in HM? Aizen does have some soul science at his disposal, either of his own devising or his own R&D team. (Szayel?) Since we have his own words about earlier experiments with shinigami/hollow hybrids and seeing his experiments in the Gaiden, we do know he has some manner of background science at his disposal.
And "Look what we have here" could also mean "this experiment is interesting". In other words, Mayuri was interested in the experiments not the specimens' identity.
1- Szayel didn't collect the bodies him self to assume that he didn't get them because he was simply busy fighting Renji, his underlings (Execution Squad) did.
2- Why would Szayel bother collecting what you call "inferior specimens" if they were of no use?
Heck, Szyale was able to benefit from a much weaker arrancar by engineering them for consumption and power restoration, imagine what he can do with former espadas who are above your average arrancar.
One can’t doubt Mayuri’s interest here, but I’m starting to think that trying to infer surprise or lack of surprise from his few words and the look of his eyes is reading too much either way.
I think that Renji and Ishida are both surprised as they are that gives away much more.
I am still leaning more toward Yoruichi than Cirruci as the slender profile extends at least to the top of the legs, while Cirruci has that dress that bells out at the upper thigh. Though granted, either one can be explanation enough for Ishida’s started look.
The other profile does not really fit Dordoni. He wore long pants, but that looks like pants and a slighlty shorter haori/coat, which fits a captain or an exiled shopkeeper fairly well. If identifying the other figure as Yoruichi then Urahara makes definite sense. If it is Dordoni then we have no reason why Renji should look surprised, he did not see Dordoni at any time.
Although surprise could equally be derived from the state of the bodies, I still feel certain that Yoruichi and Urahara better fit the profiles we see there.
As to the above questions – I think we are asking the wrong thing here. Szayel will study privaron remains, inevitably. It is the nature of the scientist. I believe the point we should explore is why the manga even touches on the point of him keeping a secret vault and the contents of this vault. One would think there is a special importance to the fact, and Renji/Ishida’s reactions seem to bear this out. Are the remains of, say, Cirucci and Dordoni significant enough to swing a plot point like this on? That’s the other reason why I like the Yoruichi/Urahara gigai angle explored earlier on.
I will not get into interpreting the reaction of Ishida and Renji because it could mean a number of things like "Experimenting on living beings is freaky" or "I know these people" or any thing else that people can come up with
However, I find it very hard to say these bodies belong to Urahara and Yoruichi like some say.
1- Trying to identify the hanged bodies from their silhouettes can be mis leading. For example, Cirucci's short skirt can be covered by the SFX and The Baron wore bell bottom pants . The Baron is definitely a valuable specimen. Szayel was after a sample of Ichigo's reiatasu (which Dordoni's wounds were infected with) and Szayel tried to even hide it from Aizen
2-If it was a captain, who would it be? All the captains are out there and not one of them is missing and if it was Urahara then why isn't he wearing his trade mark wooden sandals?
3- When could Yoruichi have possibly been taken captive ? Yoruichi is not so weak that any arrancar will beat her and take her back to Szayel's lab. Especially when considering that that all the espadas were shown to be in HM right after Ichigo and co went there, so who could have gone to the material world with the mission of capturing Yoruuichi?
I am afraid things don't add up for the Yoruichi and a Captain/Urahra theory but they do for Cirucci and Dordoni
Why would he be interested in something that weakens the user and keep it in his most valuable collection?
Please consider all other facts like collecting the bodies of Cirucci and Dordoni earlier and Szyale's interest in Icigo's reiatsu which can be described as "most valuable" and can be extracted from the baron's wounds. It makes much more sense than the assumption of having useless gigais of Urahara and Yoruichi just because they might fit the silhouettes better.
It possible that Aizen experiments on his fallen foot soldiers only to make himself stronger. I stand by my theory that he's only interested in Ichigo’s powerful reiatsu not the King.
I don’t think for one moment that the two bodies hanging in Szayel’s secret room were someone from Soul Society or clones of Yoruichi and Kisuke. As for Mayuri-sama surprised expression and whether he knew them or not, it hard to say because his eye’s expression is unreadable and I really don't think Renji and Ishida’s knew them but was surprised to see two dead bodies hanging there.
If I recall, the Execucious or whatever, squad was collecting Doridonii and the others upon Szayel's behalf. During a conversation with Aizen, this was revealed, early in the Hueco Mundo arc.
Now, we see there are bodies inside his lab. It's either coincidence, or Szayel was experimenting on them. There's a chance that those Arrancar are still very much alive, and will return to battle, but it's very unlikely.
If aizen can manafacture gigais, who knows how far his influence has spread.
Aizen has been working on something as far back as the gaiden. He didn't just randomly turn half of the GOTEI 13 into hybrids for no reason.
I believe this relates to it.
I also believe mayuri knew aizen was a betrayer, but didn't say anything out of gaining a posistion of power and caring nothing for SS, rememeber when they surrounded aizen? he was busy taking a bath.