But can a human be turned into a hollow?
I would say technically yes, because a human soul that gets eaten by a hollow becomes a hollow. Whether a living human can be changed into a hollow is less clear -- Orihime got bitten by her brother, and even though she was in soul form at the time, she still didn't change, but Masaki gets bitten by a hollow in full human form and she starts to turn. I would expect there to be an explanation like "Quincies are more responsive to the spirit world" or some nonsense like that to justify the change. It could also be that Orihime's brother was not created by Aizen, and that the process of forcing someone to become a hollow makes them "contagious" as it were. I assume we'll find out in the coming chapters.
But then when you see Urahara in 533, he definitely notices something about Masaki, so I guess it must have been that "infection" she has.
It's hard to say that he noticed the "infection" in her. It could just be that she acknowledged his existence. Not very many humans can see ghosts, despite the incredible number that have developed the ability over the course of the story. I'd imagine that on the whole, when a shinigami bumps into a human on the street, they don't apologize to the air around them...
Also, I got the impression from her friends' comments that they didn't see Urahara there.
Now question is: where did she go after she died? Shouldn't she end up going to soul society? Or do those killed by hollows have their souls absorbed? What happened to all of the quincies that have died in the past?
That is a question I've had for a long time. Based on the fight between Uryu and Mayuri, the Quincy seem to go to soul society, where they are immediately noticed as such. But now we have this whole huge group of them which seem to have their own realm outside of both soul society and hueco mundo. And it wouldn't make any sense at all for them to simply remain on earth, because they would have the chains that degrade over time and turn them into hollows. It was said early on that Quincies hate hollows because their family members were killed by hollows, so I can't see them allowing themselves to become hollows after death.
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