While your question was not directed at me, I personally think the ichimoku is one of the better indicators out there, provided you ignore what most people say about it.
I really wanted to make the ichimoku work when I started trading, and I just couldn’t. The crossover signals people tell you to trade are too slow, causing you to miss most of the move. The stops are too wide, the exit signals give back too much, and the cloud keeps you out of too many good trades.
Now that I trade pure price action, see the ichimoku in a whole new light. I still don’t use it - I’ve moved on - but I now see the things it was trying to tell me. I just didn’t see them at the time because in the west we are taught, and expect, to use it like any other western indicator. But that is not what the ichimoku does, nor what it was intended to do.
It is, however, a very good frame of reference for price action trading, much as moving average or bollinger band can be. It doesn’t generate signals, but rather puts the signals generated by price action into a context.