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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
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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 (2025d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (3262d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (3325d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1280 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 #80 decreased(-24)
Monthly Pos #45 decreased(-8)
3 Month Pos #38 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #37 decreased(-8)

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On 1448 reading lists
On 1285 wish lists
On 2725 completed lists
On 190 unfinished lists
On 635 custom lists

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Why is it a tragedy? 541 days, 21 hours, 43 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 541 days, 21 hours, 45 minutes ago
D'''= *spoilers* 1347 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes ago
What if... 2147 days, 17 hours, 55 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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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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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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Amazing and super awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eugene92
March 31st, 2012, 4:24am
I'm in love with this story. I got hooked since the first volume. This series is definitely one of my favorite manga with such great plots and wonderful characters. Very highly recommended!!! And a must have if you're are a manga collector.
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Awesome. So awesome.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
February 24th, 2012, 7:29am
So I've picked up this manga after putting it on my wishlist for a long time since I'm not sure if this is a good manga, although I've seen a lot of people recommending it not to mention that there's 28 volumes which is another reason why I'm not reading this yet since I'm not a fan of manga with long volumes. But, I'm kinda happy that I picked this up. Although at first I'm pretty irritated with Yuri defying her love for Kail, just because she's from a different "era". The another thing that I dislike is the constant kidnapping of Yuri. It's a bit annoying that she gets kidnapped every single story or scene, although she can still mingle her way out without relying on the help of Kail. Her bravery is what I admire of course! Not to forget that the people who spoils my mood by making their appearance is Urhi and that wicked Nakia. But overall, it's a good story although so many good people died. (I cried when Tito...uh, I better not say it. You guys should read it!) Since the ending is a happy one, I'll recommend this. :3
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interesting   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by StrawberryLUNA
December 9th, 2011, 2:19pm
The story is interesting but it kind of drags on. When it ended I was just glad it was done instead of wanting to beg for more like you would after reading Basara. Also some of the ideals in the story just make it seem forced, hinder the progress and make the story less believable. Like how the king, a war hero, basically refuses to have anyone executed, including the main villain of the story. sorry, i'm going to have to call Bullsh*t on that.

anyways, don't get me wrong, its a good manga and an enjoyable read, its just not a great one. I'm giving it 8/10

... Last updated on March 19th, 2012, 11:49am
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Brilliant.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
June 30th, 2011, 12:47pm
I don't even know what to say... this manga was incredible and is probably the best historical manga i've ever read! It's 28 volumes but it goes by really fast because every volume had such captivating moments that leave you wanting more. One thing i absolutely loved about this manga was the character development. She starts off as just a normal girl who's scared because she's in a different time and is a bit of a weakling but that certainly doesn't last long because after one volume, she gets stronger and stronger and well let's just say she's probably one of the strongest female leads i've ever seen. She's truly an amazing character who is able to capture the hearts of the people as well as the readers.
The Romance in this manga gives off the feeling of "everlasting love" and that's not exactly something you can easily find in other manga's. It's not overly-dramatic and corny but is presented in a more mature way when it comes to true love. Usually, in historical/action manga's, there isn't a lot of romance but for this particular manga, the mangaka managed to balance Romance, action, adventure, shoujo, drama, fantasy perfectly. There wasn't any cliff hangers and everything was settled and explained in the end.
The art: I am really picky about art and i never actually thought about reading this cuz i mean, i didn't even put it on my list because the art looks old and i can't stand bad art but after reading Kanata Kara (i recommend this too), I gave it a try and IM SO GLAD I READ IT! The art isn't bad at all. You get used to it after like 2 chapters and you just get immersed in the story.
The Ending was perfect. I loved the ending and from the start to finish, everything was just gold.

I highly, highly recommend this manga. I promise you, you won't regret it.
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My favourite one !!!   
Rating: N/A
by Crazycat_kiss
November 18th, 2010, 5:16am
Compared to what we are usually used with shoujo, that is to say a weak and simple minded girl attached to a god like guy... The main character, Yuri is painted as a courageous girl with a strong will... So ladies, you won't feel frustrated because the person you're identifying yourself is brainless.
Also, I've really enjoyed the love story between those two! They do are deeply in love with each other, they kiss a lot (satisfying because you don't spend hours reading a story where they barely kiss once) and developing around their love is successful to my point of view.
In addition, drawings are fantastic (except people feet maybe?)

If you like a good mix of love, action, plot and a nice draw -> JUST READ IT !!!
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My first   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ragec
May 25th, 2010, 4:55pm
Never did i wanted to read any historical mangas or anything this long but i finished this 28 volume manga in just 2 days. It makes me appreciate more about history which i thought is really boring. Character development and the way the manga present each of them were great that even some enemies would make you like them. There were a few deaths which makes me sad at times but its neccessary. The art is definitely a classic but dont be mistaken its spectacular. The romance aspect of the manga wasnt really cheesy or corny and it makes you drawn to the main characters.
I really like it!! 2 thumbs up!!

... Last updated on May 25th, 2010, 4:57pm
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Great read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by selenoliber
February 2nd, 2009, 12:03am
This manga starts off with a killer punch. The artwork is great and the plotwork grips you the moment it begins. Throughout most of the earlier volumes, I loved every bit of this manga.

There is a great integration of ancient historical fact with fantasy. Many of the Egyptian and Hitite characters are real life characters and the events that occur happened in real life. The costumes are beautifully drawn, there is a gradual romantic relationship that builds up but is nevertheless very passionate and tender. Also, the smut panels are great.

However, the manga tends to lag after a while, with some of the plot becoming redundant and repetitive. It does lose a bit of its sparkle but I found it an addictive read nevertheless. At times, the main female lead was annoying and whiny. The males tend to all fall in love with her.

Regardless of its flaws though, Red River was a great read and one that I like to go back to ever so often. There is a feeling of epic and climatic appeasement when you reach the ending and it's a work that stands out on its own quite well.
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