First Lieutenant Grace’s days on the battlefield are over. She tries to convince the higher-ups to expand her squadron, focusing on musical performances instead of combat. However, her efforts are fruitless until she witnesses a girl who is a witch that can sing.
Believe it or not, I haven’t watched Strike Witches, a franchise that involves girls who are witches based on World War II planes fighting against aliens. They fight using magic and specialized weapons. We see Grace in her squadron fight against the Neuroi, aliens that threaten humanity. However, when her team fled, she must have received injuries. Therefore, she retired from fighting on the front lines.
Since this spinoff focuses on a squadron that doesn’t fight, you only need to know this. Maybe someday, I will watch the main series as there is some yuri I am missing out, besides the fanservice.
That said, we see a girl named Virginia Robertson, also known as Ginny. One night, she captures a light that grants her witch’s powers. She has a familiar named Moffy, which is a bird. She is on the quest to find Moffy’s companions. In London, she runs into two different witches, Inori and Lyudmila, or Milasha. Ginny eventually runs into them as she tries to chase after Moffy escaping from Inori’s cat familiar. Chaos ensues as the dog and cat chases after Moffy.
We learn that Milasha is considering quitting being a witch since she can’t shoot properly. Not only that, but we also briefly see a glimpse of other potential members. It appears that they have issues that might make them unsuitable for combat. Of course, Milasha seems to look up toward Aria. Interestingly, she has lilies in the photo. It’s too bad that she might already be in a relationship with Ellie, who seems more laid back. It shows when Aria gets upset at Ellie for not dressing in her stage outfit. That is while Ellie offers Aria some tea. They apparently perform in a musical together.
We learn that Grace wants to create a squadron that focuses on singing instead of combat. But, of course, after a heated argument, expanding her squadron specializing in music, she was unable to get a deal. It’s understandable since the generals focus on defeating the Neuroi. But, of course, you can’t expect singing to do that, as this place her in an awkward situation. Even so, Felicia gives some encouragement as she knows Grace is feeling down.
Thankfully, Grace, while on the bus, heard something. Yes, she hears Ginny’s singing. She uses her witches’ power to create music from the magical antenna shaped like headphones.
Inori mentions that Ginny is a Night Witch who can manipulate things, in this case, sound. With Moffy, Ginny can listen to various sounds. Of course, this is something that Grace is looking for, but she couldn’t get a hold of her thanks to being unable to leave the bus.
Grace struggles to find the thing that might convince them but eventually figures it out. I guess she finally did as Milasha saw the poster on the bulletin at her base, along with other girls. It’s obvious who will be joining. The answer remains, will Grace manage to find Ginny, that brought her the inspiration to keep trying to do what she believes in? We’ll find out soon enough. Overall, it’s a good start.