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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 (1091d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2328d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2391d 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

Forum
5 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1182 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 1st 2015, 3:07pm 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 #140 decreased(-11)
Monthly Pos #114 decreased(-9)
3 Month Pos #98 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #71 decreased(-11)

List Stats
On 1375 reading lists
On 1156 wish lists
On 2446 completed lists
On 177 unfinished lists
On 547 custom lists

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Forum Posts
D'''= *spoilers* 413 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes ago
Why is it a tragedy? 929 days, 5 hours, 12 minutes ago
What if... 1213 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 1278 days, 9 hours, 7 minutes ago
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GOOOODD!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
November 2nd, 2011, 2:47am
Spoilers ahead!!

At first I was...sort of skeptical about reading this since I am very particular about what manga I read based on (for the most part) the part of the manga. Just based on the art itself, I could already tell that this is an old manga (older than what i usually go for, lol). But I know I shouldn't discriminate based on that--it's just that I have such a hard time reading a manga if the art is sucky. The style is quite apparent. However, based on very good reviews and recommendation (searched for recommendation manga similar to "Shirayuki" manga), I started reading it. It's...very long. So be warned. Haha. I started reading this while I was supposed to be studying for midterm and got absolutely sucked into it that I couldn't stop. I lost sleep reading this. Tis' absurd. Anyway, as I read it, the art is actually very, very well done. It's in a different style than I am used to. This kind of art is so much more detailed and proportional that I know it must have taken considerable more effort and skill to draw it. It's very stylized--however you wanna take that comment.
The story is quite well done. There's so many twists and turns that I couldn't get tired of it. Things never really turned out the way you want it to. Though,...I do agree to some extent that the evil queen plot may be a bit repetitive. Personally, i don't really mind that much .Yeah, sure it's cliche, but I'm more into the romance and military advances than the queen's attempts to kill Yuri.

People you don't want to die, died. It's kind of sad, but I guess that's what makes the manga sort of realistic in that it doesn't discriminate characters. Umm... I was a bit put out for a while that the main character (Yuri) seems to be relying too much on the Prince (Kail), but then later on in the manga, she started to develop reason and good judgement. She matured a lot as the story goes on--not as fast as I would have liked. (Also it seemed that sometimes everything just sort of...fall in to the lap without her doing anything significantly brilliant). But she did, and that's why I classified this as a coming of age manga among many.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)

-First love.
-First time (sex)
-playboy turned one-woman-man
-coming of age = growing up
-leadership (as a prince, princess, queen, king, and the "Istar" which is a religious/ideological figure--the Goddess of Love n War)
-royal family vs. commoner
-feuds between countries and between the peoplr of the royal family (the rights to the throne)
-love triangle (between the king, the commander of Egypt, and the girl-Istar)
-historical biography (middle east => Egypt, Anatolia, Babylonian, etc. = situate historical figures like Pharaoh Ramses of Egypt in a different and more intimate context).
-hot guys who are half naked most of the time. and....of course "hot" girls who usually wear revealing clothes --not for prudes!! (lol). Like, seriously, even though this manga doesn't have any explicit sex scenes, you'd be surprised as I was how many nipples were shown. I just keep wondering how they shave their legs (tmi?).
-military (campaigns, war, training, fistfights, sword fights, etc.)
-lots of deaths

Highly recommended.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2011, 2:56am
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Really good once you lose it.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by slykid
October 15th, 2011, 4:52am
Ok , so I think I've read enough to finally say my review and up till this point I've really enjoyed it , I like the romance between the prince and yuri the settings great and so on but blaaaaah the whole evil queen thing is getting soo repetitive !! It's the same senario over and over again , the queen plots somethingup they get confused then finally catch on but when they do its too late and one person dies ...this is all I've seen through out and it gets tiring you know but I admit I have read a lot for the first time in one go so maybe that's why ?? Anyway this is great apart from that and I really dont want this to be a manga where I end up skimming through and eventually skipping to the end , I'm gonna have a little break for now:


EDIT ! AWW yeah it was pretty good but its just not a 10 for me it was ok , nice ending and all and the mangaka really tried to please her readers. people are saying this was amazing blah blah etc but for me it was just ok ..the ending was good but it left me saying " oh , ok so that's nice neeext" it was nothing life blowing it was like a little typical loong fairy tail but one thing I can say is I read it all the way through without skipping which is actually amazing for me so that says something EDIT ::I finished it and I really enjoyed it.Edit: read it lookes back on it now and I wish I was still reading it...sad

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 1:50am
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Beautiful!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
October 9th, 2011, 5:13am
This is an awesome manga,hands down in my top 10 easily, if not in my top 5.
I have never found another one even close to being similar to it, so if anyone has suggestions that are simmilar to this manga, not necessarily in plot but in the lovers aspect, and is reading my quick review, I would love you to mail them to me through this website!

... Last updated on May 26th, 2013, 8:52am
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JUST GREAT!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bonkling13
September 21st, 2011, 6:12am
I fell in love with this series the moment I started reading it. Now, I read it over and over, and I never get tired of reading it. It's my all time favorite. The best historical-romance manga that I've ever read. I recommend this to those who like to read historical-romances with princes and royalty.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. biggrin

... Last updated on December 20th, 2011, 7:03am
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I adore this story   
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by Krysic
August 16th, 2011, 4:00am
I adore this manga so much. it's....just amazing. I love the story, the characters, it's just divine! it's my treasure, I read this 7 times and I still adore it. I love how Yuri grows from weak and whiny to strong and determined, and Kail has his own interesting personality but he still doesn't let it get in the way of his job as a leader to his country and people. I love this story! This is truly a classic to me, and I will treasure it forever C:
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Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by sandyatthebeach1
August 10th, 2011, 4:19pm
This was simply a joy to read. Honestly one of my favorites. Yuri is a great protagonist, and she quickly grew from annoying and weak to being a strong heroine that I ended up adoring. Although there were flaws, there was nothing terrible. If the oldish art stopped you from reading it before, like it stopped me, ignore it and just try reading it! The art style actually really suits the story, and you get used to the style quickly. If you haven't read Red River before, you're definitely missing out on a great story, romance, and all-togethor amazing manga.
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One of My Favorites   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by toffeefudge
July 10th, 2011, 8:19am
My only additional comment is to say that though the manga spans 28 volumes...it only gets better as you read on! There is a point at volume 10 or so when I was afraid the plot would start to get repetitive, but then Yuri is swept away to Egypt and there is a three way war of the countries love triangle that will blow your mind. There is real character development in here, so the original plot lines to change to some degree, but it will be epic! The romance is also amazing/satisfying, it will be hard to find another manga like this.
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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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amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by foreverangelprincess
May 14th, 2011, 9:57pm
this manga had everything i was looking for. strong female and male lead who are soo lovable with a perfect romance. it wasn't the type of romance that made you want to kill something or drive you up the wall lol. not only the main characters but in fact every character in this manga (aside from the evil ones who you have to hate) are soo lovable and amazing. i love the way this manga makes you laugh cry and hate. it was soo good i couldn't stop reading. i just hated that so many characters i loved died. but it wouldn't of been so touching if it didn't go the way it did. i'll recommend this manga for sure. what made the manga even better was that she got to kiss all those hot guys hehehe <3
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A Good Read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Little_Sparrow937
May 10th, 2011, 8:15am
I love reading historical romances so I thought that this manga was going to be a really good option for me. It takes a few chapters (like three) to get into it because the female lead Yuri starts out as your typical shoujo heroine: helpless, useless, and freakin stupid. She changes pretty quickly though. She grows a spine and becomes extremely independent. She does her own thing and can fight her own battles. She doesn't have to rely on Kail to save her when something comes up. She has some damsel in distress moments, but they're not that bad. The only thing I can't understand is why everyone falls in love with her. She's kind of like Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi. Everyone seems to be gaga for her and I can't always see why, though she is way better than Miaka. The history in this manga is really interesting to read about and surprisingly accurate. Of course the mangaka takes some liberties, but they are tastefully done. I really enjoyed this and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a shoujo where the heroine isn't ALWAYS stupid.

... Last updated on May 14th, 2011, 12:58pm
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