@Carter_esque: just be cautious next time
lol basic physical abilities? Sage Mode and the most powerful Dojutsu is not by any means basic. Actually it does take a genius to figure out how to counter it. You're kinda contradicting yourself there, but I'll give you that one.
Why need there be a detailed explanation on a strategy so simple? And yes actually he does fight from a distance especially in his Shikai and more so Bankai. Healthy Itachi is just pure speculation, as you said earlier feats no? Gotta roll with feats just look at Sasuke when he had his normal MS, even he was terrible at keeping his techniques up. Yeah I know he isn't as amazing as his Big bro, but that is the closest thing you get to a healthy MS Itachi feat wise. Not really going to argue speed so I just assume they are rather close in that department.
Yeah at the cost of spending unnecessary chakra on something so trivial. Shadow clone Jutsu isn't a forbidden technique for no reason you know. Even someone as resilient as Itachi could suffer immensely from the drain. Why not use moves like Great Fire Ball Jutsu for a distraction? Actually if anything he uses Genjustu to distract his opponents especially the ones without knowledge, he catches them off guard the most out of anyone. Not to mention Genjutsu is a gamebreaker most of the time. The rules are literally robbing him of his specialty. Life force and chakra kinda work hand and hand here, so its hardly debatable whether it expenses stamina or not. Look at how tired EMS Madara was after using it combined with Kyuubi against Hashirama.
His bankai being close to Kirin or not in power is subjective, he has moves like Baboon Bone Canon or he can simply detach it and attack at all angles or coil around Itachi like a snake. It is way more versatile then you give it credit for.
Basic physical abilities are just one of many aspects of a fight you know. Skillset is also another. In a way I was contradicting but I also could have worded it better. Here is a better one. In regards to Base Renji, he isn't hard to figure. SHikai not too much, Bankai well. THe point is Itachi has a knack of figuring things out at one to two glance. Sort of like that Starrk and Ukitake shikai encounter.
So you declare that Renji for your case is going to use shikai and bankai to clash with Itachi? That gives more power to Totsuka and of course Amaterasu on them. That is the only range game he has? I already mentioned them. I was focusing on more on some kind of projectile spam or something.
Well yes this entire thread I have said hypothetical healthy Itachi is hypothetical so I knew I was going over the feat from the beginning but I do believe Edo Itachi was supposed to be representation of what base form healthy Itachi was supposed to be. So I approached both Sick and healthy route.
MS Sasuke was spamming MS for 10 minutes straight.
You call it trivial when Itachi always used clones so not really. He also has crow clones as well. Well there you Great Fireball as distraction. Itachi will soon figure MS is method of winning (like usually although genjutsu MS or regular sharingan are the most convenient). My point is that Itachi can use the same misdirection for his MS it just would be more difficult in a way that is all.
EMS Madara? He wasn't tired actually, he was completely fine. He was tired after some time though when they were facing against each other one last clash. Recall Madara was able to fight 24 hours straight.
THe point is Itachi when he was about to die, incredibly diseased and severely sick, and very low on chakra, was able:
1) Do Amaterasu Transcript Seal.
2) Keep up Full Susanoo for a short time.
Subjective? Well strictly speaking everything or almost everything in these battle threads are subjective but of course we try to make it more objective at the very least with the best support as possible. Which I will ask you now. Why do you think Bankai is close to Kirin? Especially that Baboon Bone Cannon of his? I suppose you can argue his reiatsu roes and the enhanced bone cannone omnidirectional spikes thing is one thing.