Mikuzu Sudou is terrified of ghosts, vampires…and men. Luckily for her, the one man in her life, a transvestite exorcist named Seto Ashiya, looks—and acts—like a beautiful girl. The two young people meet by chance one day; Mikuzu is a Kenki, a person who can both perceive and attract restless spirits called “oni,” and Seto saves her from a particularly troublesome one. Unfortunately, the supply of oni is endless, and Mikuzu’s safety can only be temporary. So in return for protection from future supernatural mischief, Seto convinces Mikuzu to bake a cake for him every day. And before long, he has also convinced her to join him in starting a ghost-busting business.
Their first and only on-the-job adventure is at the student council president’s home. He wants them to exorcise the oni possessing his handcrafted upright piano. However, even with the assistance of Seto’s vampire companion Kagari, they meet with failure. If they are to have any hope of success, Mikuzu will have to unravel the mystery that is Seto. Why is he dressing like a girl, and what does he hope to accomplish? The answer to the riddle may well destroy the tentative bonds of friendship only too recently formed between Mikuzu and Seto.
The single-volume shoujo manga Heaven’s Will was never intended to be a multichapter storyline, yet even when expanded significantly by creator Satoru Takamiya, it does not feel particularly complete. Readers never even learn Seto’s real name, for example, and there is no romance to speak of between any of the characters. Nevertheless, this attractively illustrated title serves up plenty of provocative food for thought about the boundaries between male and female, friendship and love.
Of course, this manga, though free of explicit content per se, is nonetheless rife with sexual ambiguity and homoerotic tension. Since Mikuzu is afraid of men, Seto’s crossdressing makes him the only tolerable male friend. Yet at the same time, the reader is never allowed to forget what lies beneath the long blond locks and frilly dres