Re: Episode 1
The first episode was incredibly faithful to the manga, with added Gainax bounce. I don't really have much to comment on other than I absolutely adored this first episode after having worried about how Gainax would handle this series for a few months. It turned out much better than expected. Oh and Hansode is basically Medaka Box's Mayoi equivalent, which is nice.
I have noticed poor reaction to this first episode though, I saw comments from 2ch saying the episode had low production values and that Medaka's voice, performed by Toyosaki Aki, is very bad. I personally thought her performance as Medaka was fantastic, she suited the character very well and she delivered range which I haven't actually heard from her before, though to be honest I'm used to her as Hirasawa Yui from K-ON!, so of course this range from her would surprise me.
Though hasn't Toyosaki Aki done something which pissed off a lot of Otaku recently? Maybe that's why her Medaka is instantly bad to some. Or maybe they're right! I'll admit I don't have much of an ear for Japanese acting, but I absolutely adore Medaka's voice.