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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 (1272d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2509d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2572d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1206 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

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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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really good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sagatanasu
April 30th, 2011, 1:47pm
the only flaw I found was that at the beginning, Yuri's character was so weak that I couldn't see her being fit to stand with kail, but that is quickly resolved. A wonderful story, with no flat characters
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Just too beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by amytsu
April 15th, 2011, 6:02pm
I'm sorry I wont give you a long speech like everyone else.
But I sincerely loved this manga and all the characters. Even if they're frustrating, thats what made this manga so nice to read. Its necessary to have a villain. LOL so the man can show off. <3 biggrin

BTW. I love what Zina said at the end of the comment. It is truly beautiful. for some people.(:

... Last updated on April 15th, 2011, 6:04pm
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Initially addicting but became redundant   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by joiedevivre
December 11th, 2010, 12:08am
It was initially addicting, but became very redundant. Red River definitely wins kudos for being very unique in its conception, having a modern girl be trapped in an ancient society. The main character Yuri is a much stronger character than you average shoujo heroine, however, she's almost too perfect.At first it was refreshing to see a strong female character, someone that one could relate to, but her flawless characteristics subtracts from the reality of the story. Upon her immediate arrival, she is able to suddenly become a master equestrian and sword wielder, and manages to get out of every difficult situation. She manages to get out of hardship through some combination of luck, and every man in power falls in love with her at first sight and are willing to devote their lives to her. She then goes through this endless cycle of falling victim to the queen's plots, getting kidnapped, having the men fall in love with her, suddenly becoming a military strategist, and so forth. While it was enjoyable at first, this theme gets old fast.

The main villain remains the same from beginning to end, and her plots just become increasingly outrageous. She is powerful, but the joint forces of all the protagonists far exceed her, and it's implausible that she could carry out so many schemes all by herself. Additionally, Yuri and her entourage know she's behind everything, yet even after they gained substantial power to counter her, they always wait for the queen to take initiative. It is only after the events are set in motion that they attempt to stop it at the last minute. Honestly, this story could have been shortened by at least a third, it's clear that the mangaka resorted to using the queen as a plot driver. It is apparent that the mangaka has done some research on the period, but many aspects of the story are at times too fantastical and the complexity of the relationships between kingdoms was too simplified.

Overall, it's worth a try. It is entertaining for a while before the weariness sets in.

... Last updated on December 11th, 2010, 12:11am
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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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I didn't really like it, but I have no complaints..   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Zina
August 22nd, 2010, 8:22pm
Now, I've never read a smut before, but sometimes I was like, "Wait. Why are they naked?" This happened maybe only 6 times throughout the entire manga, but it is still as puzzling as hell....

Other than that, I found the story to be kind of slow, but fast enough that I didn''t drop it. Be warned, the mangaka holds no hesitation in killing off characters. They don't kill them off willy-nilly, but be careful not to get too attached to any of them.

Everything other people have commented about the "queen" as the antagonist is true. I won't repeat it again.

The coolest part was that every once in a while, the manga would have a few pages saying "And in the early 19th century, an archaeologist found the records of place-some-activity-here, although no-one ever knew why something-something was something-something." And in the arc before, the something-something's were explained. I didn't make much sense, did I? Anyways, the ties in with real life were SUPER cool.

I, personally, really liked the art, and in particular, the skirts.

The end, in my opinion, almost was amazing. There are two obvious ways the story could have gone, but the mangaka picked the way that I liked the least. It was not a bad ending, but I think it could have been better.

In total, not bad, but not good. I'm not planning on reading this one again. If you are into wars and relationships, read Red River because it may be your cup-of-tea.

Something that I just remembered: The mangaka does something entirely amazing with the relationship at around chapter 30. It was soo beautifully crafted that I was (and am still) in awe. I will reinforce what I said about the manga being good for those who like reading about relationships(and not necessarily only romantic ones).

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2010, 9:20pm
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the classic historical shojou   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lilliful
June 14th, 2010, 11:50am
This one is really a classic -- and it's great. Most of the characters are really compelling, the reader is constantly rewarded with romance scenes, which are more steamy and exciting than nowadays (I prefer it that way!). The one drawback is, if you've read a lot of historical shojou and read this one, it will seem very predictable. That's because everything that came after borrowed a lot from this one. Anyway, I loved it. If you enjoyed it, try Basara, or for something that changes it up, try Legend of Nereid or Saver.
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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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One of the better ones.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Alifa
April 11th, 2010, 4:27pm
I have read the entire thing, and it is wonderful. Not a perfect ten, I reserve that for others like Skip Beat, but definitely one of my favorites. The art isn't always the best, but the story more than makes up for it. Yes, it's not quite as good at the beginning, but the more you read, the more amazing it becomes. The romance is sweet but not overly dramatic, and, for once, it's a manga with a good ending. Sure, it's not an exciting one, but it's satisfying. And how many mangas can you say have had that? Didn't think so. Very much worth the read. I highly recommend it.
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Something about this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
February 19th, 2010, 1:37pm
Shoujo/drama not being my genre (being a guy and all), it is thus quite surprising for me to consider this as my favorite manga. But something about it makes it a very special, and very touching story for me.

First of all, this manga should be appreciated as a coming-of-age story about the female lead. I can understand the complaints about certain aspects of the manga, such as the art, and the sometimes cliche premises and actions. However, those aren't the drivers behind the manga: the character evolution is the true gem here. The range of emotions Yuri goes through throughout the story is amazing, and to see her overcome her obstacles is the ultimate prize. Her character is outstanding: she is strong in spirit, and yet fragile at heart; she is cunning at times, impulsive at others; she stands out as a godlike figure, and yet it is the human in her that is her most endearing feature. The 28 volumes in this manga are really just about her, and her only.

Red River is also the most touching love story I have read to date. As the manga progresses, it becomes obvious that the strength of the love shared between the main characters is unbreakable, almost to the point of envy. Is it cliche? Perhaps. But all love stories are, because the vehicle behind them is the same. The only difference is in how it is told, and Red River does it best.

Aside from the romance, there are so many other emotions involved in the journey that it amazes me. Yuri's character is the ultimate story vehicle, because the numerous choices that she makes, right or wrong, never fails to bring her to a new place, to a new meeting, and of course, to new emotions. The readers are taken along for the ride, and for a surprisingly short 28 volumes, we are there with her, facing her obstacles, experiencing her love, and living her adventure.

While there are many mangas I like, this is the only one that I have read and re-read countless times. I would certainly recommend giving this a shot, for 5 volumes at least. Then you can decide whether or not it is, as I believe it, one of the most charming and captivating stories you have ever read.
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