Re: Episode 1
It was, uh, Hayate. Couple scenes made it extremely clear it takes place in the future (from current manga timeline). But other stuff seemed out of place... One aspect annoyed me. Maybe it's supposed to be ambiguous so both anime-only and manga readers can enjoy it?
Ruri seems to be a great character. I just wish Hata would stop creating so many great ones (since they tend to not get the focus they deserve).
Clannad is Life, Da Capo is Pure Love, Higurashi is Ethics, & Tori no Uta is the National Anthem.
The ones who will have the last laugh are the earnest and the honest.