This is one of those stories where the ending overstays its welcome, thus lacking dramatic power. Cutting off right when the line from the opening scene is repeated would’ve been perfectly alright. Instead we get the same trick used at the end Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Of course, I’m referring to the scene with the psychologist that explains everything. I like a nice explanation. People criticize the movie Inception for being a two and a half hour movie with nothing but exposition. Exposition, done correctly, is a wonderful tool for writers. It can increase the depth of your characters, setting, and plot.
The problem I have with the ending of Shinkei is that we don’t need the exposition. The writer is explaining things we already know, or that didn’t matter to the story. On top of that its confusing to try and piece everything together. My brain practically fried, trying to keep track of everything. I will say that the exposition given about how the main character was caught was needed, and didn’t hurt my brain. Its mostly the information that comes after the shift in time (or at least I assume that’s what it was). Do we really need to know what’s happened to the supporting cast? My thought is “no we don’t.”
I enjoyed the story while listening. I was captivated right until the big exposition scene at the end. I’d go as far as to say this is one of my favorite audio drama shorts in recent memory. The concept, characters, and production value were astounding. But that ending just didn’t do it for me.