“Cute Demon Crashers” Prioritizes Consent and Intimacy Over Grand Romance
Are they cosplayers or sex demons? Cute Demon Crashers answers that question in its own title (though characters are frequently confused). It opens with protagonist Claire, uh, spending some time with her right hand before she’s interrupted by four demons who might be able to summon magical portals but can’t figure out how a shirt works. Their tan lines are probably horrific.
Friendship and light romance are here, but the visual novel makes itself clear: Cute Demon Crashers is about sex. Claire’s not about to jump into bed with anyone just because they want to, though, and so the four demons agree to hang out around the house until she feels comfortable with them.
Despite the premise, Cute Demon Crashers takes its cues from shoujo manga and equally fluffy visual novels. Its intended purpose is to tell the story of a virgin and her first sexual encounter, with an emphasis put on consent, safety, and intimacy. It has all the trappings of a traditional visual novel but lacks the sweeping romance or intense rivalries that seem to form as suitors grow closer or more distant from the protagonist. Claire even states early on that she’s not looking for true love, just a positive sexual encounter. Ultimately, it reads like, well, five friends who all deeply care for one another becoming physically intimate. (If there’s a harem ending, I missed it, and you bet I looked.)