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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 (1791d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (3029d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (3092d 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 (1267 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 #51 decreased(-5)
Monthly Pos #44 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #34 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #26 increased(+2)

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On 1435 reading lists
On 1258 wish lists
On 2676 completed lists
On 187 unfinished lists
On 612 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Why is it a tragedy? 308 days, 2 hours, 39 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 308 days, 2 hours, 41 minutes ago
D'''= *spoilers* 1113 days, 23 hours, 27 minutes ago
What if... 1913 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes ago
Red River 3234 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes ago

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great   
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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Awesome!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yushi
July 16th, 2007, 12:42pm
This story is awesome n the drawings r ok too. can't wait to read the next chapter!
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Amazing. Definitely Worth Reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by EtceteraSpeed
May 16th, 2009, 9:44am
Top-notch manga, everyone. READ IT. You MUST read it.
Heroine is not some stupid shoujo. At the beginning she may be considered that, but she just arrived at a brand new place in a brand new era. What else do you expect? Art is pretty good, story is awesome, characters are well-described, historical facts are accurate enough, and smut was evenly paced and not overdone (I hate that...).
I said it before, and I'll say it again. YOU MUST READ.

... Last updated on July 15th, 2013, 10:44pm
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complement girl   
Rating: N/A
by anyone
July 18th, 2006, 6:42pm
i love this story it one of my favorites. even if it wasnt made in anime im happy enough that it around.^^in a way there so many characters i like. so i say prince kail .BUT i say i love (not like) juda he so nice and nice looking .anyway my freinds like ramses i like him but after chapter 11 i dont know.anyway^^ this a great romance story.ah!!! i cant wait to get volume fourteen .^^
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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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Enjoyed   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Gizmos
September 8th, 2012, 3:20pm
Starts good and goes steady for a while but close to the end it gets boring and repetetive. My suggest is you start reading and get as far as you can have fun.
It is definitely not a bad read, but because of length it gets boring. Definitely a good shoujo.
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Compelling!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
March 4th, 2012, 10:10pm
A gripping story that should not be put aside despite the quiet old art style, this is still one compelling manga. The only negative side is the repetitive plot line of
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attempted rapes and untimely deaths from side characters
anyway this manga is absolutely worth it for shojo readers!

... Last updated on December 15th, 2012, 2:59am
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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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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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