Abstracting the usability of a character from how well a person does playing said character is far from an ironclad indicator of the characters actual strength. Especially for shin because since so few play her or know about how she works. Maybe b/c she sucks (which I don’t believe to be true, but she does have pretty tough matchups so lets say that’s what they think) or maybe because she came out in a post KIWC world and people kinda stopped caring due to no 4th EVO and other games coming out like Injustice 2 and Marvel. Anyway almost anytime when shin is on screen there is an information discrepancy and what plays out is likely not a complete representation of what the matchup should be in theory instinct .
there are two aspects to this. One is the thing EDP was talking about where light rekka puts shin at a certain range that is usually difficult for opponents to contest. So even though its -2 (which is not neutral) shins buttons are so good she can often make the disadvantage difficult to check.
Two. The thing about shins 1st rekka is that its likely the most advantaged rekka. It can catch mashes like hisako orz without the abysmal frame data of hisako orz.1st and 2nd SORZ has a gap if you delay the 2nd. If Shin Hisako counter hitting opponents pressing buttons after light rekka, then (hopefully) they will stop pressing buttons. And if there not pressing buttons you can take your turn back. This is something that works on 28/29 parts of the cast (curse you chunked aganos Shakes fist at sky)
I kinda don’t get the last part since I dont play kan ra but shin seems to have pretty normal startup and recovery for normals except for cr.HP having a lot of recovery. Spirit slice and the greed sever (spirit sever? PogChamp ) have low recovery but they really aren’t made for use in neutral. I don’t understand low priority specials or buggy hitboxes. Her bad matchups suck but she has tools to throw wrenches in zoning. You just have to be better than the opponent at the matchup, which cant be too hard since 80% of the playerbase doesn’t realize that she is on the character select screen (“where did the random select button go?”).