My interest in Crea was not Hirano or Nagase, and as such, this report does not center on them. I have done my absolute best to be as neutral and non-negative about everyone in the show as humanly possible for me, and no ill will is intended my any of my comments. I am reporting as fairly as I know how. That said, I went to the show for Reia and, as was made pretty clear by the post I made back in May, was incredibly disappointed, so please read at your own discretion. Please remember that this is just my impression of what happened and my opinion of the general quality of the show, and you're free to disagree with me. However, if you disagree, I ask that you click the "back" button and simply don't read and don't comment. It is never my aim to be upsetting to anyone.
That being said, I hope that this report is at least marginally informational to someone.
✪ My seat was literally up against the left-hand wall inside the theatre. I was three rows back from the center aisle and six seats away from the left-hand aisle (Row 14, seat 1 as seen here). This made it essentially impossible for me to be seen by anyone unless they were looking out from the stage, but I'm told that they can see uchiwas all the way to the back. I do think Reia looked at me at one point, during the choreography, when he couldn't really do any waving or pointing, but at the very least, I hope he saw my uchiwa.
✪ I couldn't see the left-hand box seats because I was sitting literally underneath them, but right-hand ones were being saved for kankeisha/kengaku. The only visitors to our show were Johnny Kitagawa and Nishihata Daigo, who was Johnny's guest for the day (they reportedly went to ABC-Za together in the evening after the afternoon show). There were no independent kengaku guests (sadly Jinguji came to the evening show.)
✪ Juniors who were introduced in the opening were first: Takahashi Fu, Tajima Shogo, Matsuda Genta, Matsukura Kaito. Next: Nakamura Reia, Takahashi Kaito. Finally: Hirano Sho, Nagase Ren.
✪ They performed the first few numbers as a group before Hirano, Nagase, and Takahashi all had solos. I really honestly do not remember what the songs were at this point.
✪ MatsuMatsu conbi had a duet together after the three solos, which also featured a duet part between Inoue Mizuki and Kawasaki Koki. Inoue Mizuki and Kaneda Yosei are reported to have alternate shows at Nissay in ABC-Za and Theatre Crea in Johnny's Livehouse Ginza. I saw Mizuki at the ABC-Za matinee on May 24th and Mizuki again at Theatre Crea, so I can only assume that Mizuki was doing the matinees for that weekend. I'm not sure if that's an overarching trend for the entire run or not, but somehow, he managed to get into the shop photos for both (and possible Kaneda Yosei got neither; sucks for him) lol.
✪ Around this time, there was a number where the younger set came to the center aisle and stood on platforms (this is common in Theatre Crea; if you see the report on Shokura News, you'll notice the guys standing in the middle of the crowd sort of hovering above them. That's them standing on what appear to be wood boxes in the aisle). This group included (but was not limited to) Tamamoto Fumito, Hashimoto Ryo, Inoue Mizuki, and Hayashi Ren. Tamamoto Fumito happened to be standing right in front of me, looking pretty apprehensive as most of the fans pretty much completely ignored him. However, since I had no interest in watching Nagase and Hirano, I watched the kids in front of me, and happened to meet eyes with Tamamoto Fumito. He smiled at me, and I smiled back at him, and then he waved and seemed happy to have had at least one fan be watching him. I was glad to have been able to make another little one smile (after I bonded with Kaneda Yosei in YokoAri) while surrounded by people who didn't really care about him~
✪ The MC was mostly dominated by Nagase and Hirano, so I didn't have that much interest in it. Nishihata came onstage and talked with them as well, but they pretty much didn't allow Reia to talk even when he tried (it seemed like a Kansai/Tokyo culture clash issue), so I just didn't invest much memory in it. However, there was an amusing conversation about Sekiguchi Mendy from EXILE; the guys from Kansai seemed convinced he was a foreigner, while Reia thought that he was Japanese. (Turns out he's ethnically half Japanese and was born in America but has been raised in Japan for most of his life, so I guess everyone wins?)
✪ At some point during the second half, Reia performed ABBA's "Dancing Queen," which was pretty awesome. He also had a pair of gold pants that looked like they were painted on. Seriously, they fit him really well. I believe that this was the part of the show where he had the same costume as the four backup juniors, who wore gold and blue, while Reia wore gold and pink.
✪ Only Nagase, Hirano, and Takahashi gave final messages. For Various Reasons, I don't remember what was said.
✪ Despite that Reia spent a huge percent of the time offstage, and seemed really downtrodden for him (he's usually full of energy), whenever he saw his fans in the front row, he perked up some. I seriously love how strong, wide, and pervasive Reia's fanbase is; we'll be here for him no matter what. There are always lots and lots of girls with his uchiwa and calling his name-- in fact, the one picture he got in Potato (I think) was captioned something like "Reia smiled really big when he heard the fans calling his name." So even though the show was not good for him, I'm really glad he knows that we were there for him.
Sorry that wasn't exactly the most eloquent or detailed report ever written, but it's been more than two months now, and basically, I just wanted to get some of these things down for posterity.
In other news, I'm so free now that my je_fqfest is done and handed in! Life is good. My town's annual matsuri is next weekend! And I'm seeing the Gamushara Sexy Natsu Matsuri in less than a week, on August 3rd and 4th! And then again on the 9th! From like the 3rd row on the 9th! YAY. Also I'm (hopefully) renewing my phone contract and getting an iPhone within the next few hours, also exciting. So all of that is keeping my positive even with all the shitty fandom stuff happening and the fact that I randomly had vertigo for half of yesterday and therefore spent it lying in bed >__<; Oh well! You win some, you lose some.