That's not to say that I dislike comedic dramas in general but it was more of this: I did think that this might be really silly and a waste of time to watch. As the story was by the scriptwriter Kosawa Ryota who also wrote "Legal High" and the trailer suggested that there was a huge amount of exaggeration (even more than what "Legal High" had), I was wary even though the three leads were quite an interesting and refreshing combination. The biggest bugbear I have about dramas like "Legal High" is, it was enjoyable while it lasted but often, the aftertaste or rather satisfaction level after watching it was almost non-existent.
Luckily, Waku Waku Japan decided to show it and I went ahead to watch it. Although I wouldn't say that it was extremely good, it definitely exceeded my expectations, if there were any to begin with. ^__^
Throughout the entire drama, the viewers will never get to know the real names, ages nor backgrounds of the trio so their names are actually nicknames. It is not known how much they know about one another though but it looks like they have this mutual understanding that they don't need to or wish to know that much about their partners.
One of the biggest highlights in this drama is checking out the numerous images Nagasawa sported in this drama. One minute she could be a gorgeous actress and in the next, a dorky weirdo. Higashide and Kohinata also had their fair share of impersonations though, perhaps not as varied and drastic as Nagasawa's. Nonetheless, you could see the actors seemingly having fun as well when they took on different images so as a viewer, you could feel the same enjoyment and energy as they did all these role plays.
Another key difference this drama had as compared to other similar-genre dramas was how the scam hardly ever runs smoothly after Ep 1. There would be lots of twists and turns during the process which suggested that the trio could fail but Daako's foresight usually saved the day. This is probably more realistic than having a story where the trio succeeds every single time that can be really boring to watch over 10 episodes.
Talking about the three leads, Nagasawa was definitely the most eye-catching. Other than her myriad of image changes for each scam, I feel that what really made the drama so good was how she immersed herself fully in the role of Daako. All along, I tend to feel that Nagasawa seemed to be quite held-back in her way of acting as if she couldn't go all out and was somewhat image-conscious to go to the extreme. However, Daako's cheerfulness and daring ways in this drama meant that Nagasawa had to let go and be more relaxed in her acting and it was great to see how she managed to pull this off. If things go well, this role might be the new breakthrough in her career especially if the series becomes a long-running one.
In conclusion, I would recommend this drama to those who want to have some fun without taking things too seriously. Don't come expecting lessons in morals, good vs. evil or justice. And don't come looking for "meaning" because some of the developments here do make no sense. However, there are some parts which will mean something only until you make it to the end so don't give up halfway if you can. It does take a bit of patience to get through some of the episodes but once you get to the end, the big twist will probably make it feel worthwhile. Especially for those who have never really taken to Nagasawa or Higashide, you will most likely see them in a different light after this drama.
Story: 7 out of 10 (Like any episodic drama, consistency is always an issue so some episodes may not be as interesting. However, the comedy and cos-play should be enough to keep you engaged until the finale which is really what makes this drama less silly than it could have been.)
Acting: 8 out of 10 (Nagasawa literally went through an amazing transformation this time and was very convincing as Daako. Higashide did pretty well too while Kohinata was at his usual level. Pity about the guest stars though because they didn't impress me too much.)
Theme song/BGM: 6 out of 10 (The main BGM had a carnival-like uplifting mood which suited the general atmosphere of the light-hearted story but it wasn't something I really liked or left a deep impression on me.)
Visual effects / Scenery: 8 out 10 (There were a lot of things to look at such as the costumes and sets thanks to the cos-play and various situations in each case. In terms of scenery though, there wasn't anything that really stood out.)
Teamwork / Chemistry: 8 out of 10 (It was quite enjoyable to see the trio having fun together and this gradually became more obvious as the story progressed from the great chemistry. However, the so-called showdown between them and the guests was rather muted and bland at times.)
Total: 37 out of 50