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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 (931d ago)
v.23 by Shoujoshare (2169d ago)
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans (2232d 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
Anatolia Story by XileDragon

Forum
5 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1152 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 15th 2014, 10:18pm 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 #83 decreased(-13)
Monthly Pos #55 (No change)
3 Month Pos #56 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #48 decreased(-4)

List Stats
On 1356 reading lists
On 1142 wish lists
On 2374 completed lists
On 169 unfinished lists
On 526 custom lists

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Forum Posts
D'''= *spoilers* 254 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes ago
Why is it a tragedy? 770 days, 1 hours, 38 minutes ago
What if... 1054 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes ago
Red River Paradox 1119 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes ago
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great story. worth giving it a shot.   
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by coolpuprocks
January 3rd, 2010, 8:12pm
It's a great story. The romance is frustrating at times, but it's great how it builds up to that anticipating moment. I also like the twists in the story. I'm a sucker for when an author kills off characters that the author spent a good deal of time developing. it's a great plot changer and pretty risky; it takes great skill to pull that off, which this author does wonderfully. i like how there's some historical truth in the manga as well. the heroine is idealistic but surprisingly not annoying because she actually ends up growing and doing a shitload of stuff.
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A definite must read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by timenchips
December 23rd, 2009, 6:03pm
A definite must read, especially for lovers of historical romances. The story was compelling, and the characters were absolutely lovable. It is indeed a bit lengthy, but as said before, the plot will definitely carry you to the end.
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I should have read this long ago!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by soleil
December 1st, 2009, 9:57pm
I thought I wouldn't like this because the art style is that of the 1990s but no I was wrong! This is one of the best if not the best mature shoujo I've read! Being it historical didn't bore at all because the story is developing so well and I like the art now very much. And the characters are so likeable, especially Yuri. Wish there are more manga with heroine like her.
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well...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Di27
October 18th, 2009, 10:37pm
i really dont care to the people there who cant be bothered to read a long series just because the first few chapters or volumes didnt satisfy them.. i know of countless of times where i thought "ahh this will be a boring manga" but corrected again and again (sometimes right) same goes when i think a manga is interesting all i can say is that this manga is GOOD i cant begin to imagine the kind of research the mangaka has put in to make realistic and entertaining for us and it would be an insult to say its crap just coz you were bored for a few minutes its called a PROLOGUE, an INTRO... in most cases it isnt meant to be entertaining its meant to give you the background of the story so you can understand it!!

well anyway this manga is so good although the side story Orontes Renka disappointed me but i dont think the series should suffer for that maybe the ending is a bit rough but it is a brilliant story and definately in my TOP5

... Last updated on October 18th, 2009, 10:38pm
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Boring same thing   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by purplefinch
October 4th, 2009, 7:08am
I gave this manga two chances. First I only read up to chapter 3, then I read up to chapter 7 or something. Just could not take it. It is incredibly dull, and many stories are like this. If you read one like this, you read them all. Highly unrealistic, the prince looks like a female with hugo hands, and boring characters.

And the politics try to make it intriguing but it fails horribly. Terrible politics, and the whole thing with the evil queen. Oh gosh where did we see evil queens before?

But the art is nice besides huge hands and long fingers. Pretty good. Needs more detailed backgrounds, however. The backgrounds gives it even more dull flavouring.
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my 5 years old's stories   
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
August 28th, 2009, 9:30pm
i like the story the 1st time i read it,
but then it's like cinderela, snow white, sleeping beauty, little mermaid....where the queen is evil (also has magic), n a prince charming, riding a white house. At this point it's still ok..
then the story gets too telenovela or cheap soap opera, repeating again and again where the queen always escape from accusations, and then start bullying the heroine again..

... Last updated on August 28th, 2009, 9:36pm
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Good, really good!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
August 21st, 2009, 9:34am
I truly enjoyed the story and art of this manga. The depth of the characters, the growth in the relationships and the intrigue all had me wrapped around the writers finger. Very entertaining!

... Last updated on September 16th, 2009, 5:06pm
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Well..   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by SeppoD
June 30th, 2009, 2:28am
I do like it.. For the other characters. Yuri didn't bother me MUCH, she was just a classic lead. I think a main is meant to be someone to look up to and such, so I tend to forgive characters like her. But a huge turn-off as far as shoujo-fantasy--different-world stuff is..
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Ugh, when they choose LOVE over FAMILY and LIFE. I'm sorry, but at that moment, I saw her as selfish. She had a boyfriend, a loving family, friends - basically the average, loved life, and she decides to leave it after a whole freakin year of griping. Seriously, at that point, she just plain pissed me off. -Grumble-
Average plot, a bit boring to an amusing point, but if you're looking for something like smut, I would look elsewhere. >.> Mind you, I read the thing for the romance and blah blah, but even that gets kind of boring. I understand the main hero's interest, but, no offence, I kind of find it funny just how accepting the people are of a completely different race being revered to the point of 'god'. Maybe the Hittite can be somewhat plausible, but the Egyptians not finding her at all weird? Just, ugh. D>
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Well,   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Xochie
June 5th, 2009, 7:18pm
To the doubters:
Name me one other lead girl in a smut manga who would hug a skinned body (referring to somewhere in the first chapters, since you obviously haven't read far).

Great story - the only smut that I've liked...

... Last updated on June 5th, 2009, 7:18pm
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great manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kujika
June 3rd, 2009, 4:24am
To adress some doubters from before... critics should read the whole available thing first, well actually that only means professional critics.

chapter 11? You didn't even reach the main plot! Yuri may be "Mary Sue", but she's getting much stronger even though there are times she is beaten down with blows fate deals her (who isn't?). The evil queen, well, is evil for a reason as it turns out in the end, even though Yuri says she would still have had a choice, she just chose the wrong path.

Sometimes she annoys me too, but she can't be perfect all the time. She actually masterminds some amazing things later on.

And the prince later on wants more from here than that, plus this era is shown by the author to be generally very free with morals, as you'll find out if you read on.
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