One of the better things about the repugnant piece of fanfiction called the FCGB...
Before it got deleted on the "General Recommendations" page, I already made my case against the Financial Crisis Gangbang comic very clear. In short, I hated everything about this comic the same way Linkara
hates Cry For Justice
. From the horrific Character Derailment
to the sickening portrayal of rape in general, I also lamented that it was also a case of wasted potential
. To elaborate: "If this had been a story about good, decent people doing terrible things in the belief that it's for a greater good, that could've been an interesting idea worth exploring, something many of the sequels and spinoffs proved."
is one of the spinoffs that not only pulls this off, but executes a perfect triple lindy straight out of Rodney Dangerfield
Firstly, I'll admit, this did
have some flaws. The dialogue and writing style in general come off as a little pretentious, edging into Purple Prose
territory sometimes. And while it's nice to see that the author Did Do The Research
, at the same time, you want to make sure you're not going over the readers' heads every other paragraph. Also, some of the characterizations did bug me a bit (like Korea being both North and South, even though Word Of God
confirmed Yong-Soo is only the South embodiment).
However, I'm willing to overlook these because this is a very well written piece, especially for the APH fandom and as a Recursive Fanfiction
to something as disgusting and ugly as the FCGB Comic. The emotions, Canada's PTSD, and its effects on the people around him are heartbreakingly beautifully written. And despite the flaws I pointed out with the characterizations, it's still well done. The perpetrators are not the Complete Monsters
they were colored up as in the comic; they were still good people who crossed the Moral Event Horizon
in the misguided belief that it was for a good purpose. And I really appreciate that, especially due to the fact the the Ron The Death Eater
treatment prominent in so many Hetalia fanfics has become a huge annoyance for me personally.
All in all, I would recommend this, but with a warning that it's not for the faint of heart. Rape and the resulting traumas are no laughing matter, and this fic can and will punch you hard in the gut
with that fact.