In my opinon, the manga, TV anime, and the TV Live Action and otherwise (anime movies, musicals, etc) are all actually pretty different, so they are all worth watching / reading separetely.See, now I'm kind of on the fence about going back and watching some of this. On one hand it sounds pretty good, intense without being overly dark, likable characters and a deep ongoing story. On the other hand I just finished watching all of the Live Action and I wonder how many surprises it would really hold. I know that PGSM had some alterations from the original (Venus's personality, Mercury's "field trip") but isn't it essentially the same story?
And yes, the TV anime Season-1 ending and the TV LA version's ending is really quite different - though the ending isn't the only thing that is different, really.
The TV Live Action series also have some Special Eps that take place when