My style of karate has always been shotokan, therefore most of my kata and bunkai training is based on the shotokan kata. One key thing I have noticed about shotokan kata is that there is little variety in the number of different techniques included within them, relative to many other styles. This is especially true looking at older variations of the kata, which appear to contain wider range of different techniques. Basically, the shotokan kata appear to be quite simplified.
To give one example, the same shuto uke sequence is present in both heian shodan and heian nidan in shotokan. On the other hand, in shito ryu these kata have different shuto sequences; in pinan nidan they are done low, and in pinan shodan they are done at the middle level. In this case, the shito ryu practitioner has more variety in his/her kata, and can therefore have more potential variety in their bunkai. Meanwhile, the shotokan practitioner just repeats the same sequence. The shotokan practitioner will even continue to repeat this same sequence in more advanced kata, like sochin and kanku-dai. There is clearly less variety to work with.
I was wondering how people on the forum tend to view this; is it good, bad, or neither? I personally view it as a limitation, and I sometimes end up looking at the kata of other styles to gain a better perspective and add variety to my bunkai. Appreciate anyone's thoughts on this