Should I watch the anime or read the manga?
How well-paced and faithful is the original anime?
manga, the anime changed a lot of stuff to make it less violent
I've only read the manga. It's good. Read it.
So how far in does it switch from wacky comedy?
The anime is somewhat close to the source material but a LOT of filler in the anime is when the side commentators are getting exasperated with each other so the pacing is more straight forward in the manga.
Also, the manga and anime can't agree who best girl is, which is kinda funny since the anime is forced to retcon it by the time Nisei comes out a decade later.
I used to have a bunch of these little flesh-colored rubber figures of these things and never knew they were from an anime/manga. Neat. Had a lot of fun playing with them as a kid. Designs were far more interesting than regular army or any action figures I had. I guess I should check this out.
Only Nisei got a dub.