This is the final episode of this second season of the show and thus is very VTR heavy. The guest is Takizawa Hideaki who has had a personal hand in this show.
|Toma and Yoko approved.|
Honestly I think the main reason why they have never done another graduation for the program ties in to Tackey. He had played a major part of these first couple of seasons of the program even though he was not on it much himself. But this was the Golden Age of Juniors and he was the top Junior of the time so even then he had a good amount of pull about him. When he debuted though he did not have as much time to put into the Juniors as he had a career with Tackey & Tsubasa and that was most likely the reason his influence on the program faded so the special care and attention he would give Juniors faded as well.
I may not really be a fan of Tackey but I have a lot of respect for him because of the care he has for the Juniors. Even though he has long since debuted he still is pretty active in probably being the Juniors biggest supporters as can be seen with TakiCHANnel, that focuses on the Juniors. In fact I would say TakiCHANnel shares quite a bit with these early Shounen Club episodes because of that.
Also Tackey really gives Junior groups that are not always the ones being currently pushed by management a fair push himself. Long before they were really in the running for debut he used Kis-My-Ft2 and A.B.C. and later A.B.C.-Z with his stage shows religiously and later brought in Mis Snow Man as his main back dancers when those earlier groups moved on to being more pushed. And I feel like he will continue doing this for the rest of his time as being an active talent of Johnny's.
While Tackey may not be among the big sellers of Johnny's I think he has an important role with the agency. There is no doubt that he loves what he is doing and that he loves taking Juniors under his wing and helping them work their way to potential debut. And I think that is a great thing for Johnny's to have someone as experienced and talented as Tackey to help develop the talents of the up and coming generations of Johnny's.
While I still enjoy SC as it currently is, I do feel like what Tackey brought to the program was a lot of heart that seems missing these days. But if anything that these SC episode have shown is that this program is hardly static and there is always hope for positive change.