Oddly enough, it didn't bother me at the time, but what the hell was Miura thinking? I mean, pushing a writher who has gotten a reputation for mature, complicated stories to do a comedy series aimed at young children, despite the fact that he doesn't really show any interest in doing one? What the hell made him think that was a good idea?
All things considered, I think it's amazing and a testament to both Shujin and Miura (and I guess Mashiro too, but I don't feel like he was pushing himself to hard for this one) that they were able to make Tanto as good as it was. And now, at least they'll be able to give it a natural ending, which a lot of manga lack.