Re: Episode 1
That was a pretty fantastic first episode. It was basically a slight callback to the first chapters of Hayate no Gotoku what with the kidnapping and it ended similarly, but it had a few very interesting twists.
I like that they were just doing a regular old Hayate thing, Nagi being tsundere, Hayate being passive and Maria being "oh my.." and then it introduced Ruka, who is a reletively recent character in the manga, and a fantastic character at that even if she was all mystical in this introductory episode. Still a singer though. There is also a new character in this episode, blue hair, really short and she appears just as Nagi is kidnapped.
Nagi gets kidnapped, as usual, and Hayate saves her in a similar way to how he did in the introductory two chapters of the manga, he rides on another characters bike, in this case the new girls bike, and jumps on/crushes the car. The jump and the landing on the car looked really nice, so good job to Manglobe on that. The episode in general had a really nice look to it even if the animation wasn't the smoothest out there, but I wasn't expecting the smoothest animation ever, I was expecting Hayate and I got that. I know a few have issues with the designs, but read recent chapters and they're pretty spot on.
After Hayate saves Nagi from the kidnappers we find out that the girl that Hayate borrowed the bike from, Ruri Tsugumi, is a part of the Sanzenin family and is Nagi's little sister, or so she claims.
Overall, I loved this episode. Great little callback to the beginnings of the series, I found it really funny, and I love the characters as usual. This is most definitely locked for importing.