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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.

(Datenshi Blue's vol 28 does not include Orontes Renka. Instead, it was released separately by ShoujoMagic.)

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 (929d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2167d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2230d 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
Anatolia Story by XileDragon

Forum
5 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1152 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 15th 2014, 10:18pm PST


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Year
1995

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #102 decreased(-32)
Monthly Pos #55 (No change)
3 Month Pos #56 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #48 decreased(-4)

List Stats
On 1354 reading lists
On 1143 wish lists
On 2374 completed lists
On 169 unfinished lists
On 526 custom lists

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Forum Posts
D'''= *spoilers* 252 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes ago
Why is it a tragedy? 768 days, 1 hours, 35 minutes ago
What if... 1052 days, 6 hours, 5 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 1117 days, 5 hours, 29 minutes ago
Red River 2373 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes ago

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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...
....
.. 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.
.
.
.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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Uncaring Male Lead.   
Rating: N/A
by Lilacs
September 17th, 2014, 7:09pm
The male lead, Kail, thinks and says he loves the female lead, Yuri, but his actions say and indicate the opposite.

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1. He doesn't want Yuri get back to her world, so, he become anxious about it; and, what does he do? He tries to rape her. She constantly tells him to stop, but he's only focused in HIS desires, his want. She was terrified, and calling for help, but, nobody went to help her, because just as he says, "I rule this country. I am King! I can have anything I want!". So, Yuri starts to call Hadi and fortunately she goes to help her and, begs Kail to do not do that. He insists in Yuri is his concubine, etc. Hadi keeps begging to Kail to please do not do that. Yuri shouts "Hadi!", and then Kail realizes how much Yuri is terrified from him (she was crying and shivering).

2. After Yuri got back to where Kail was, after she had the miscarriage and was taken care of by Ramses and his doctors in Egypt (the ship where she traveled was sunk by Nakia's schemings and Yuri nearly dies), the first thing Kail does is trying to have sex with her.
She just lost their baby! And Kail behaves like that. :/ :(
So, she stops him, and asks him for his forgiveness because she lost their baby. He says the gods fell in love with him (baby) and wanted him back, and now he's wishing them happiness. Then, Kail says: Translation 1: He's happy she came back to him / Translation 2: the greatest sorrow would have been to lose her.
After that, they have sex, and he asks her why Ramses didn't force himself on her.
Super inconsiderate to be asking that after she was suffering and crying because of her miscarriage. :/
Honestly, I had thought that the moment Kail saw Yuri again, he would ask her how she's feeling after all she went through. Emotional support. Not sex.

3. Several times when she's worried or scared about something; for example, if she would be a good queen or not, and talks about it to Kail, he only says: "When you're alone with me you don't have to worry about such things. [...] Right now I don't care about territory, or treasure, war or politics". But, she does. She worries and cares about it. She's just a teenager in another time and place, away from her country, family and friends.
The times when she talks and express to Kail something that worries her, he just kisses her, and they have sex.
It seems he doesn't like to address her thoughts and worries, he just evades them.
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A bit long for no reason.   
Rating: N/A
by Thouarttammy
July 24th, 2014, 12:49am
It is a good story. The art is good, the author knows what they are doing.

It needs to cut to the chase. There are too many problems coming up.
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I went to the twelfth volume before I decided to just cut to the end. I did not miss anything too big. The 16 volumes that I have skipped are not missed. It really goes long.


Would be 10/10 if it wasn't so dragged out, but if you enjoy long stories then this might be for you.
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Ready for a feel trip?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sora Kiiro
June 13th, 2014, 9:01am
Be prepared! I'm warnin' ya! This manga isn't all bubbly and cliched but intense and beyond genius!
Spoilers below

One thing that I loved was the heroine ,she was ruthless,kind-hearted,humble, she is truly a gem. Not ur typical shoujo manga heroine eh?
The male lead was awesome as well, it made me feel that he was romeo,unable to live without her ahhhh the feels~
I also loved the fact that the heroine enchants anyone she meets, and there you have it! It's turned into a reverse harem!
Even if u don't like historical manga, perhaps give this one a go! U won't regret the 90+ chapters!
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Greatest Shoujo Manga Yet Made   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
April 6th, 2014, 7:14pm
I disagree with some people that complain that this series is too long. In fact I crave for more volumes because I really love this manga. If you really appreciate and love this, then 28 volumes of manga is not enough to satisfy your inner passion.

Try to read the manga to the end and stop commenting that Yuri is a weak girl when you only read the first volumes. Of course Yuri is a bit weak-willed at first because she is suddenly thrown out in the past without much knowledge and companion. But Yuri proves to be the stronger than any Hittie army could handle and became the key to Kail's succession to the throne.

The manga is epic, original and truly a gem. It pushes the boundaries of shoujo cliches.
I cannot count on how many times I've read this again and again.
This my number 1 favorite shoujo manga of all time and I would completely cherish this for the rest of my life.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2014, 9:48am
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AWESOME   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sexy_glasses_boy
January 12th, 2014, 12:12am
I loved this book!!!! The story plot was AWESOMENESS, though the beginning is kind of weird..... Anyways if u like stories with ROMANCE and ACTION then u would like this story.
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Awesome Story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
December 14th, 2013, 10:32pm
Although the artstyle is clearly somewhat outdated, the plot overall is enjoyable! The main character truly shines in the manga and is definitely suitable for Prince Kail. She wasn't annoying in the least-- I was able to relate to her and sympathize with her.

Ok. Some of her skills were exaggerated and were somewhat unlikely, but ignoring that it makes a wonderful story. Also, the author chose not to mention more about the original time period Yuri came from, which I actually appreciate because it wouldn't add more to the story.

My real rating for this would probably be 9.5/10, but considering the backlash it received from certain reviews, I'll just boost it up with a 10.

... Last updated on December 14th, 2013, 10:34pm
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pure shoujo   
Rating: N/A
by tekiteki
July 28th, 2013, 3:23pm
It's pure shoujo ^_^. Very nice though, but still very unbelievable. But that's ok here, because main characters are so brave and good and heroic, that even being unbelievable, their actions are inspiring)). Main characters aren't irritating at all, as it often occurs in other such manga, though it's funny, how everything always goes Yuri's way (except evil plots, which are the main engine of the story). The love line is also quite nice and shoujo'ish. It's a good manga for teenage girls. But I found it a bit boring for women ^^;
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You'll Regret If Haven't Read It Yet!   
Rating: N/A
by Riesa Saki
July 18th, 2013, 10:23pm
Same goes to me! It's takes me too long time putting this on my wish list and started to read it (my biggest regret this yeah =))) One of the bestest from the best manga I ever read! When read this manga, I didn't even get time to breathing. The plot is really great, the characters also have same great. There's not much manga I've read has a true strong heroine, I mean really strong! I can't say no more, this is very great manga and you'll be fool if you don't read it yet!

ps: If I can give rating 10000000000000, I'll give it!
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