A clash between a shinigami is a clash of reiatsu the "stronger hurts the weaker" (not who has more reiatsu).
Ichigo can have 1000 times the reiatsu of a captain & still lose in a clash to Byakuya because the reiatsu he used in that clash is weaker than the reiatsu Byakuya used. He could also lose because he couldn't control his reiatsu properly.
Why do you think that Kenpachi would have a hard time against a long range fighter? Did such a fight occur? Did Kubo whisper something in your email? I don't recall ever Kenpachi having a hard time against anyone besides Ichigo and Juucha Bach. Unless the manga states it, your claim is invalid. Logical enough for you?
He had a hard time, yeah. He's not Aizen who defeated everyone on a whim. But he won eventually, against those opponents, which alone proves his value. Kido, Shunpo and other bullshit obviously isn't that necessary for him to win. Can you comprehend that?
But in many cases it does. In this situation, for instance, we definitely need facts, which we don't have. But apparently, you make your own facts, thus making this debate infinite. Yeah, his brute force proved to be a valuable asset and he's known for it. Any other thing that he acquires as of now will simply make him even stronger than he already is.
But this very situation so far didn't happen with any other character though so... I wouldn't take it as a general rule
I can't imagine Kenpachi switching from close combat to anything (or, more precisely, from his style to any other). When he's attacked by a very long range fighter, he should evade and possibly try to get close enough to gain an advantage; the best option, though, would be to find a better matchup and leave the enemy to another captain who can handle him better.
But I'm starting to imagine a team made of captains, possibly influenced by Tower of God manhwa. Imagine these positions:
- 'scouts' which can be vanguard but also do specialized tasks outside the main battlefield: Soifon in shikai
- close range: Kenpachi, Kensei
- middle/long range: Byakuya with kido and bankai, Rose
- support: Shinji or Ukitake with their zan abilities
- medics: keep Unohana here, to bring Ken-chan to good use
- universal (can fill any position to a certain extent): Kyoraku, Toshiro (elemental zan is very flexible)
- badass stroong (good destructive power but not really usable as anything other than a finisher against someone who's hard to beat without others): Soifon in bankai, Komamura
Also the "stronger hurts the weaker" was something picked up from the manga http://www.mangastream.to/bleach-cha...05-page-7.html
Fact of the matter is, even though Ichigo lacked the resolve against transcended Aizen, before that moment, (when Yama gave him the opening), he unleashed his full might (full power GT) & even Aizen thought it was pitiful (hell Zangetsu said the samething when Ichigo was in the dangai world).
So again, Ichigo's power fluctuates (regardless of his mindset) because of his inexperience & that is just pure indisputable fact.
Since then, we haven't seen it fluctuate. The Quincy can manipulate and enslave reishi, so that would explain why a super-strong Quincy like Haschwald could cut Ichigo's sword. Of course, it may have something to do with Ichigo's resolve, but it didn't look to me like he was lacking resolve. In fact, he looked pretty resolved toward fighting Bach! That's my interpretation of it, anyway.
2- He unleashed his full might and did injure Aizen, it is until Aizen shaked him up (when he said that all his fights have happened because of him and told him the truth), hence why Ichigo attacked him and Aizen was disappointed because he said " You could do better ", heck what Zangetsu said is that because of Ichigo's unconscious fear, he stopped moving forward and couldn't do a Hollowification anymore, hence why Zangetsu said that he'll get rid of Ichigo's " despair ". So don't go twist events to prove your point
3- So again, Ichigo's power fluctuates because of his MINDSET, not because of inexperience and such, the only case when it was because of inexperience was vs Byakuya, and that's because he used a Bankai that he mastered just recently and it was the first time he used it against an experienced user of Bankai
1) When Ichigo learned FGT, he mastered full control so you actually didn't make a point there.
2) He unleashed his full might & Aizen was disappionted that it was all he could do (Toshito doesn't have to try to kill Aizen full crying out loud).
3) I've already considered the fact that Ichigo's mindset influences his powers but like Byakuya said, he is a newbie shinigami who lacks experience to control his power (i.e to master bankai one needs atleast 10 years to do so). So again you really didn't make a point there.
2- Go read the manga please and get your facts straight : Here Aizen compliments Ichigo after say that he has developped well (right after he took his GT), Here Aizen is disappointed by Ichigo after Aizen told him that all his victories weren't a result of his own efforts which shaked Ichigo
3- Refer to point 1 again... It's you who doesn't make a point
How he wants to enjoy a fight rather than being productive is also a fact.
His lack of long range capabilities is also a fact.
And so on. I have everything to back my claims, which don't require much. "Kenpachi is not that strong, he lacks skill and Shunsui wants him to be trained to be more productive in this war". I don't see why this is so hard to understand.