OK, finally saw the first episode of the fansub (and thus the first episode of the series) and here are few comments I thought of while watching it:
-I find it an interesting decision by Toei to do the second pilot of the manga as opposed to the first chapter. While they're pretty much similar in a few ways, the first chapter actually sets things up a lot better for one of the final chapters much further down the line. (though since Toei never got that far, who's to blame them)
-I really wish they explained why Hiroshi never trusted Nube in the beginning. But basically here's what really happened: Hiroshi knew of Kimori for a while inside of him, but all of the exorcists he went to before meeting Nube were hacks. Thus why he had so many doubts instead of being a "teacher/student" fight like Toei made it.
-While happy they gave Shizuka a short role in the first episode with the Ichimatsu Doll, they should have used the manga gag involving Nube confusing her with the doll instead of her just showing it off to him. Then again, at least this is one of the few times Shizuka gets any notice…since she mostly becomes a BG girl alongside Noro-chan later. (and even Noro-chan gets more spotlight) Meanwhile: WE NEEDED MORE MIKI!!!
-Wish they used the "Sutra of the White Robed Goddess" for the chant, but I doubt too many people would understand it.
Other than that, it was a fine pilot and hope to see more when I can.