Strike Witches – Katayoku no Majotachi (or “One-Winged Witches”) is a two-volume long manga series published in Comp Ace magazine. In terms of timeline, the story takes place parallel to the first season of the anime and details Britannia’s Sergeant Wilma Bishop’s (Lynette Bishop’s older sister) experiences when she joins the Isle of Wight Detachment Group. The story describes the development of Wilma’s relationship with the other members of her squadron: commander Flying Officer Kadomaru Misa (Fuso), Pilot Officer Laura Toth (Ostmark), Pilot Officer Francie Gerard (Liberion), and Sergeant Amelie Planchard (Gallia). In addition to Wilma, a couple other characters have a connection to some of the witches in the 501st Joint Fighter Wing.
First, this a NSFW manga so keep that in mind. There is plenty of fanservice similar to both seasons of the anime (e.g. expect a lot of bath scenes). Overall, I found this manga similar to season one of the anime in that each witch in the squadron has their own “mini-arc”. In this case, Wilma plays the wise “onee-sama” role as she helps the others overcome their personal difficulties while encouraging the group to bond as a whole. Overall, I think Katayoku no Majotachi integrates well with the Strike Witches anime. However, in my opinion the quality of the stories didn’t quite match up to the anime’s first season’s standards. At two volumes (14 chapters), the series is short and that brevity doesn’t allow for much character depth and development or substantial plot lines. Franky, Katayoku no Majotachi reads as more supplemental rather than something which truly stands on its own such as the Soumus Misfits Squadron light novels or even Rei 1937 Fusou Kaijihen manga.
If you liked either or both seasons of the Strike Witches anime, I think you’ll enjoy reading Katayoku no Majotachi, but those new to Strike Witches or casual fans of the franchise may want to look to elsewhere first such as the anime, movie or the other two series mentioned above.
You can read this manga here: Batoto – Strike Witches Katayoku no Majotachi