Crea was absolutely awful.
I've never had a worse concert/event experience in my whole time in Johnny's fandom. The show was billed as "Sexy Age/Sexy Jr." and list as Hirano Sho, Nagase Ren, Nakamura Reia, and Takahashi Kaito. You know, so there was no confusion as to who was headline the show. In Sexy Zone's Yokohama concerts, they also said specifically that Hirano and Nagase were Sexy Age and Reia and Takahashi Kaito were Sexy Jr. But yet, throughout most of the show, the numbers were three people.
Yes, that's right. Hirano. Nagase. Takahashi.
Each of those three had solo lines in each song. Reia? None. Each of those three had three solo numbers a piece. Reia? None. Matsukura Kaito, Matsuda Genta, Inoue Mizuki, and Kawasaki Koki, for heaven's sake, had more solos than Reia. And to make matters worse, he just looked so… lonely and sad and tired the whole time. Thankfully, he has a large, supportive fanbase, and saw a bunch of girls in the front few rows who made him smile, but for the whole time he just... seemed so lost.
And in the MC, too, Nagase and Hirano just… were absolutely the worst to him (and to some extent Takahashi Kaito, too). Whenever Reia tried to get a word in, they interrupted him or just plain talked over him, and for most of the MC, they had their backs turned to him, completely ignoring him and keeping him on the outside of the conversation. A couple times he managed to speak, and even then, he was graciously talking about them, not trying to make the conversation about himself but actually asking them about their lives, and they always answered in a way that became an insular conversation with Reia on the outside. Finally, he gave up and stopped holding his mic up and sort of just looked into the audience or around the room seeming sad and lost. And like. I get that Nagase and Hirano are dumb teenagers, and it probably wasn't intentional. But seriously, it didn't take a rocket scientist to notice how rude they were being to Reia.
In a truly sad display of how thoroughly emotionally involved in fandom I am, I cried three separate times during the show over how poorly Reia was treated, and had to fight the tears back really hard after the show. After my long and someone unpleasant adolescent pre-professional ballet career, I know how it feels like to be in that position, and more than being upset for myself not getting to see more of him, it really hurts to know how unhappy he was feeling.
At the very end, when idols typically give a short speech about how they're thankful for the fans and worked hard on the show and "please support us in the future" etc, only Nagase, Hirano, and Takahashi came out on stage. Only Nagase, Hirano, and Takahashi gave speeches. Only Nagase, Hirano, and Takahashi sang the following song together. It was really and truly astounding how purposefully and thoroughly Reia was completely excluded from almost every aspect of the show.
I probably won't write a full report because frankly, it's too unpleasant for me to think about, but I'll definitely write a more thorough and complete compilation of my thoughts and observations. In a consolation prize, Jinguji did come see Reia tonight, so here's to hoping he's cheering him up.
Otherwise, this weekend was really great! I saw Ebiza with Amanda of je_goods and britkit27, met nekobot01 in person for the first time, went to the Johnny's shop and bought tons of photos of Reia, and hung out with yararanger! So that was all really nice. But, man, Crea really dampened my weekend and my mood and my creativity. Here's to hoping I'm feeling a little better tomorrow.