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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori  
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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
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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Красная река (история Анатолии)
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
Friendship Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.Sidestory 1 by Friendship Scans (1034d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2272d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2335d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
Anatolia Story by XileDragon

5 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1174 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 1st 2015, 3:07pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #118 decreased(-7)
Monthly Pos #102 decreased(-22)
3 Month Pos #65 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #62 decreased(-2)

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On 1369 reading lists
On 1151 wish lists
On 2431 completed lists
On 175 unfinished lists
On 539 custom lists

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Forum Posts
D'''= *spoilers* 357 days, 4 hours, 49 minutes ago
Why is it a tragedy? 872 days, 23 hours, 41 minutes ago
What if... 1157 days, 4 hours, 12 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 1222 days, 3 hours, 36 minutes ago
Red River 2477 days, 22 hours, 7 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cl123
March 5th, 2008, 7:15pm
A MUST-READ for shojo, or just plain manga fans. I love the main character - not at all like the ditzy, hopeless girls of most shojo, but is actually a strong, capable, and admirable woman. Character development is awesome, as well as the plot and the romance.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Dark_Snow
March 5th, 2008, 1:20pm
I absolutely adore this manga! It has a little bit of everything drama,romance,action,history,religion(tiny bit), and even fantasy! i can't wait to read the rest!
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Holy fudge   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dubby
February 25th, 2008, 8:01pm
Whenever I read a shoujo manga, I normally read it for entertainment, no matter how trashy it is. It's like buying one of those crappy books at the airport.

Red River, though, is nothing like that. It is completely amazing. Likeable characters, amazing and original plot... it's like Shakespeare compared to all those other trashy books. Here's one manga you just don't read for entertainment, I'll tell you that.

It's the true roots of shoujo. Forget Fruits Basket and Vampire Knight - you MUST read this. I've read a lot of mangas [a LOT] and this one just simply stole my breath. It's a real page turner.

It's a lot like Basara, which is good, because Basara is also an amazing manga.

Point is... go read Red River. You will NOT be disappointed.

... Last updated on February 25th, 2008, 8:02pm
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Surprisingly addictive!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kira819
February 7th, 2008, 8:00am
I usually don't read those stories with old style drawings but after I gave it a try I found that the art was part of its charm. The story is really good with alot of interesting plots! There are a lot of action as well as some comedy here and there and how the author combined the storyline with history is really interesting!
And you'll just fall in love with the charcters! The heroine is a portrayed as a strong-willed girl and the romance between her and the prince will just make you scream for more!
Any shoujo lovers will easily become addicted to this, and even if your not such a shoujo fan I'm sure you'll enjoy the journey and struggles all the characters have to face in ancient mesopotamia!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yoyo_
January 23rd, 2008, 4:12pm
I really like this manga. The art and the story are pretty good. I also like the the main character. highly recommended!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chibigirl01
January 8th, 2008, 5:14am
i really enjoy reading all of shinohara chie's works-anatolia story especially!
the plot is amazing and incredibly twisted. the series has so many elements-action, adventure, romance, fantasy, etc..
i highly recommend this series!
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I'm on it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by manga-lover1988
December 19th, 2007, 2:57pm
So far one of my favourite historical and romance manga. I've neveer been into historyical manga but this one catches my eye and capture my heart.. tellin me to read this manga.. then here i goes getting fired up waiting for the next release.. just like Kanata kara.. this both manga are just my type..
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Rating: N/A
by Wargumm1i
December 17th, 2007, 5:20pm
This mangas romance and love triangles reminds me a little of Love monster but there its funny I mean in love monster she is always getting guys falling for her and fall in love with her and if they can´t get her they kidnap her biggrin same thing is happening in this manga biggrin
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Because of this manga, I started learning japanese   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ogur
December 17th, 2007, 7:10am
Because of this manga, I started learning japanese so that I can read raw manga biggrin
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OMG, you HAVE to read this   
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by luvxallxmangas
December 10th, 2007, 3:22pm
this is one of my favorite mangas. the historical setting is intriguing, and the romance between kail and yuri is great. thrown in are an evil queen who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, a couple of guys who fall for yuri and keep kidnapping her xD, wars, a baby, and devoted followers, and there you go!! instant success. i can't wait to read more. . .
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