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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori  
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Description
Yuri, a modern day teenager who had just received her first kiss, is suddenly whisked away to ancient Anatolia where an evil queen wants her for a blood sacrifice. Luckily, the timely intervention of Prince Kail saves Yuri from the queen's grasp. For now. Kail promises to send Yuri back to her home, but the queen's persistent schemes to kill them both, plus their growing interest in each other, keep those plans delayed.

Note: Contains a side story called Orontes Renka that is published in the final volume (28) of Anatolia Story, which is set in the same historic period.

In 2001 this series won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Красная река (история Анатолии)
天は赤い河のほとり
天是紅河岸
天(そら)は赤い河のほとり
ตะวันรักที่ปลายฟ้า
하늘은 붉은 강가
Anatolia Story
Dòng Sông Huyền Bí
Heaven Is Beside the Red River
Il Cielo Vicino al Fiume Rosso
Orontes Renka
Pulang Ilog
Red River
The Sky Is at the Banks of the Red River
The Sky Is Near the Red River
The Sky Is the Red River

Groups Scanlating
Datenshi Blue
Endless Dimension
Esthétique
Friendship Scans
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Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.Sidestory 1 by Friendship Scans (1648d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2886d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2949d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews

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5 topics, 26 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1252 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 28th 2016, 12:47pm PST


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Year
1995

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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #75 decreased(-22)
Monthly Pos #43 decreased(-10)
3 Month Pos #33 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #35 increased(+5)

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On 1231 wish lists
On 2632 completed lists
On 185 unfinished lists
On 602 custom lists

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What if... 1771 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes ago
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Well...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
November 28th, 2016, 11:25am
While Anatolia Story is definitely a classic historical shoujo manga, anyone looking for a strictly historical story will disappointed: the author did use her artistic license. Even ignoring the existence of magic which begets the story and other small factors, there are quite a few things that payed history little to no heed.
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Mursili II actually had a mere two wives: a little less monogamous than in the story. Yuri is actually based on Puduhepa, a priestess of Ishtar, wife to one Mursili II's sons, and one of the more influential women of the ancient Middle East. The Ramses occurring in the story is Ramses I, who would have been an aged general on good terms with the pervious Pharaoh and father to several sons. The Hebrews would either have still been slaves in Egypt or the Exodus could have been several generations previous (as early as Thutmose II), in either case their complete absence is conspicuous, though perhaps the author wanted to avoid trouble. However, since prior to archeological discoveries of the nineteenth century, modern civilization only knew of the Hittites through their complementary appearance in the Bible, their complete omission does strike me as a bit... off.
That said, there are plenty of good historical details and it is not as though the changes are coming from no where. (A few quick searches on Wikipedia will tell you a lot, and the single-ancient-world-language thing is to simplify story-telling.) These changes do, however, make for a good story. E.g. instead of the historical Mursili II, Shinohara gives us Kail Mursili. Anatolia Story is more of a tale occurring around the time of Mursili II than anything else.

As for the sort of story it is, this manga is a historical romance centred on the growth of Yuri. All in all, Shinohara did a good job in presenting her growth from school girl to leader, but there are a few problems. (Let's leave the artwork out of this since it works and has a classic feel that's mostly an acquired taste.) First, there is no variation in the source of problems: the antagonist is tediously consistent, which also makes the motives and so on far too predicable (considering that, there is a fair bit of variation, but not in the general scheme of things).
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Then there is the fact that about two-thirds of the important male characters, and even a female character, are attracted to Yuri in some capacity. Considering the size of the cast, it's absurd! And whether it's drug induced or not, attempted rape occurs too many times on her, as though it were away to increase drama, and somehow she never has any psychological mal-effects. And then there's the ridiculous-out-of-the-blue attempt by Kail. Her tantrum after Ursula's self-sacrifice and bizarre way she reacts to Kail's reaction to her pregnancy are a bit much. There was also the unexplained magical way she learns the language, a final and wholly superfluous death, and a second "epilogue" which attempts to tie the story back into a history it was never wholly part of.
To sum the issues up: considering its length, its one antagonist is too few and its reliance on melodrama too great. The only other bone I have to pick has to do with the transitions: there are several points where there was possibly a peaceful time skip, but rarely is any indication provided. Fortunately, the aforesaid aren't so pervasive that they completely drown the story. Overall, Anatolia Story is enjoyable and fairly well done, with a good sense of humour as well, but (as I mentioned) there are not inconsiderable issues.

... Last updated on November 28th, 2016, 12:38pm
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A manga that makes you cringe   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Welalas
November 12th, 2016, 10:54am
This manga is trying to imply that if a man forces himself on you(force kiss, attempted rape), you will fall in love with this guy. Like how does that even make any sense..? There are much better historical shoujo manga around that are much better to me. Give this manga a miss if you cannot stand melodramatic stories.
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Pathetic Villain   
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by smily_lois
February 16th, 2016, 4:30pm
Oh my god I hated Nakia a lot. Not just the her character but the very idea of her character.
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I couldn't find any other shoujo manga villain more pathetic than she is. All she wanted is to rule the empire through her son, Juda. But, spending 14 volumes trying to do just that is so pitiful. She wasn't even a rounded character. What I got from the manga was that she was selfish, intelligent and unbelievably immature. I get that it sucks having to marry the one who destroyed your homeland, but is there anything more to her? None. For god knows how many years since then, she didn't develop past a vengeful personality.


... Last updated on February 16th, 2016, 4:32pm
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A bit melodramatic but pretty good   
Rating: N/A
by sakirol
December 10th, 2015, 1:25pm
Red River is fairly melodramatic. Characters often have fixations that are awkward. The story is complete and has a sensible timeline with each arc. There's a good mix of smut as well. Quite a good read overall.
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A smut romance drama   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
October 20th, 2015, 6:13pm
If you love reading smut manga, you will notice many many of them are short stories and lacking in plot. This is where Sora wa akai kawa no hotori offers a long smutty story to satisfy you in interesting historical background of Anatolia / Turkey. The arts is 90ish style, so some of you need to get adjusted by it. Every bishies will fall in love with the main character and want to have her, often by force. Except for the one she loves. There are some aspects in the story that rise my eyebrow though, when it ignored sensibility for the sake of the story. The girl, Yuri, is very OP. She is just a normal teenager on modern day before being sent to the past, depicted as small and skinny (cute). But without any experience and skill required, she can jump on a running horse and riding it (without a saddle ofc), i know how hard it is to ride a horse as a small asian girl. Then she is able to fight and defeat men on sword fighting, defeat a lion, all without getting hurt, and many more rising eyebrow scenes. Said to possess those qualities to be a queen; leadership skill, wisdom, winning the heart of people, discipline, etc. ...She is flawless. And the antagonist, the queen, is a stereotypical classic antagonist who were there to bully the protagonist and make the story going. It's boring to see this villain keep trying and fail and keep trying and fail again without character development. I can accept all of these because the selling point is the smutty romance drama. So yeah, this is a good manga if you are looking for a long smutty romance.

... Last updated on October 20th, 2015, 6:35pm
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Tragic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Alita258
April 17th, 2015, 9:01pm
It's a tragic/melodrama kind of manga, enjoyable for shouju lovers. The historical aspect gives it a plus, although the super heroine act is too unbelievable especially because she's 15, who knew that girl that age could handle armies? It's long, but no too long and hard to find in good quality unless you buy it. It has three side stories, not just one. Check Wikipedia for that. So, do I recommend it? He, why not? It's worth a read if just because you'll learn some history too. Just beware, there are main characters death, lots of love triangles, and a power-craze queen. Although good drama, it can get emotionally exhausting, but for some reason the story rarely loses momentum.

... Last updated on April 17th, 2015, 9:07pm
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The one smut manga i like   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
January 31st, 2015, 11:23am
It is unexpected that i have finished Red River even if it is a clear smut manga that fails history. It has naked military leaders mud wrestling towards the end, at least one multiple days lasting sex session and gratuitous nudity after all. This is the only such manga i can recommend that comes to mind. I blame it on the suspenseful story a lot of good drama and a very decent leads. It is also surprisingly violent. The ending is very nice too and resolves everything I wanted. The clear art has it´s moments but did i mention the endless/pointless nudity?
So girls want to read about contently naked women (and men of course) too i guess.
Some retarded stuff like the multiple rape attempts, the love triangle that anyone can figure out after volume one, some very melodramatic deaths, a cringe worthy subplot about miscarriage and the unneeded time travel stuff did not need to be here but even if the journey is flawed i can still recommend it.
Her next best and very similar Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago turned into a 6/10 so i kicked it.

... Last updated on January 31st, 2015, 11:24am
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there is a lot of rape but!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hangluu
December 22nd, 2014, 11:39pm
There is a lot of rape scene but it doesn't mean the author think females are weak and vulnerable. Seriously! Whoever make that argument should just.. I don't know.. crawl into a hole. We see the female lead leaps into battle field and become a military commander despised being raped. It shows that no matter what happen, she can still surpass it and come out stronger. Then we see a female character sacrificing herself for the sake of the country. Not to mention the three sisters who are both smart and physically strong. Sure the main lead sometime emotionally break down and cry but that is what normal people do. Not all females are strong and brave, some are weak and dependent, and that doesn't make them any less real (sorry i had a problem when people complaining about a manga character who is weak and cry a lot and how those type of character doesn't represent real "female"). Sorry for the random sentence, but anyway, this is a really manga, and if rape scene bother you, then skip them, and she wasn't really rape.. attempted rape scene might be much more correct.
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Basara?   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by fishiiie
September 24th, 2014, 11:25pm
I can't help comparing this to Basara. They're both so similar - both are war mangas with a strong female lead; both have exceptional art and storytelling flow.

But, I must say, the one thing I loved about Red River is the historical and educational content - I mean, I've never even HEARD about the Hittite Empire until I read this LOL, and then I was like wow... some of this stuff is actually real! And the mangaka manages to incorporate all of that so well into her story with her time travelling character too. *applaud* Thank you, Shinohara Chie-san, for making history / mythological class so interesting.

Unfortunately, it contained a bit too much fan service for my liking. Just read the title of the comment below mine LOL, says it all. Just... smh. Naked people every chapter, man, every chapter. I mean, come on, I'm not a horny teenager anymore.

But really, I'm just so surprised no one has mentioned Basara. Cuz dude, if you read this and thought it was good, then you have GOT to read Basara. NOW!

Why, you ask me? Because Basara > Red River.... hands down, any day. My opinion only, of course - you read it and then decide for yourself. bigrazz
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rape...rape...rape..guess what our heroine never hated any of those man even though they raped her. rather she became friend with them..unbelievable   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ajaykumaryadav
September 24th, 2014, 1:00am
Total 11 attempted rape with 5 different man........how worse author tried to make Yuri strong just to escape...in last seconds from rape....
..the character Yuri intentionally gets in such bad situations...
...she cannot push nor punishes..nor attempt to harm the man who tried to rape her...
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.. she's supposedly strong. She's a Mary Sue. And this manga is supposedly a "rare, good shoujo with a strong heroine, good characters and plot".
And even if she wasn't supposed to be strong, she could at least try fighting back, not just lay there batting her eyes like a lamb.>.>
Instead of fighting against those rapist she forgives them easily as if nothing happened and becomes friend with them...what the hell---this give wrong message to society
And what more instead of fighting against the rapist she compromised with them as if nothing happend and is on friendly them--- that's wrong message to society
Two male characters raped her twice...twice!!....hell ..if they would have been punished earlier they would have not attempted second time...but hella our heroine is very mercyful and she forgives easily to any one......this type of female lead is joke/////
Attempted rape and heroines acting like this(something which enrages me) is really common in shoujo - especially smut - but Anatolia Story which actually takes itself seriously and pretends to be deep and having an empowered female lead and blahhhh, follows the same clichéd path of stupidity...>.> This makes all the abuse much, MUCH worse.
What a horrible, horrible manga. And not just because of the attempted rape.
.
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.this implies the author supposedly sees woman as vulnerable, and weak...that's why he just made so many rape scene....and guess what Yuri character never hated any man after they raped her...this manga is stupid
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.this give wrong message to society especially to women that they should just move on and compromise instead of fighting rapist...///

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2014, 7:55am
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