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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori  
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Associated Names
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
Красная река (история Анатолии)
ตะวันรักที่ปลายฟ้า
하늘은 붉은 강가
天(そら)は赤い河のほとり
天は赤い河のほとり
天是紅河岸

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Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.Sidestory 1 by Friendship Scans over 8 years ago
v.23 by Shoujoshare over 11 years ago
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans over 11 years 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 Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1338 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Year
1995

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #156 decreased(-27)

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Story is passable, but all the rest is bad  
by AndelMartina
May 23rd, 2020, 10:32am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
This manga could have been good, if it didn't have so many bad points. The main ones include:
- repeated attempted rape by several men
- actual rape
- the MC, despite being from the modern age and knowing that rape is not ok, never does anything about it. She never properly fights back or tries to prevent it
- whiny and weak MC; the "strong female character" tag is a laugh, she's oh so weak one minute, then suddenly she's courageous and strong and the next second she's weak again and needs to be rescued
- stupid MC - a lot of the bad stuff that happens to the MC wouldn't have happened if she just had a single brain cell her head and listened to the people around her; she puts herself in those bad situations herself
- "goddess" MC - even before being named a goddess, people (even those who don't know who she is) seem unnaturally attracted to her, to the point where it became ridiculous. The whole nation celebrates her, everyone who meets her falls in love with her or worships her for no reason.
- never ending story - The story is the only good thing about this manga, but it got very repetitive and boring quickly. A guy sees MC, kidnaps her, attempts to rape her, she is rescued, queen schemes, MC attempts to thwart the scheme, is kidnapped again and so on... The political power struggle was interesting at the beginning, but after volume 10 or so it got boring. The story was stretched unnecessarily.
- Plot holes - I can't comment much without spoiling, but the ending just didn't make sense. The author established the rules of things at the beginning, then broke her own rules at the end... Tragic.
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Still a decent read.. but beware the below  
by moonmystery
May 19th, 2020, 8:05pm
Rating: 6.3 / 10.0
This is one of the better fleshed-out historical time travel comics I've come across. The various problems and unique solutions the MC face are fascinating to read about. It's also refreshing that the MC doesn't wait until the very last chapter to profess her love for the male lead. We actually get to see a lot of their relationship dynamics after they confess their undying love. However, that being said...there are some problems too.

1. Main girl Yuri comes from a happy family and has a nice boyfriend. It's sad the author never shows how they dealt with the aftermath of Yuri disappearing.

2. Occasional Expospeak. The villains and good guys all have giant paragraphs of speech bubbles where they explain every detail of their plan. So unrealistic. This comic breaks the "show, don't tell" rule. As a result, things initially seem cheesy and artificial.

3. Fetishizing sexual assault. This happens from Chapter 2, and keeps happening until the end. Unwarranted kissing happens in completely uncalled for situations and are explained away. Her clothes are always conveniently ripped off in battle. Rape, sexual assault, and abuse is forced upon the main girl repeatedly from both villains and, initially, even her primary love interest. Even if this was normal 3,000 years ago, Yuri should not be okay with any of it. Yet there is no attempt to explore and resolve potential trauma/PTSD. She cries and then the scene ends, and everyone including her seem to forget she ever said no.

4. Yuri doesn't have consistent character portrayal. In Ch.6, she's never ridden a horse before, yet she is able to leap onto one and even pull a grown adult onto the horse one handed? She's shown to be smart, but then next thing you know she's barging into enemy territory without collecting intel beforehand--leading to her allies' deaths. Even tho she has no military training, she somehow succeeds as a military commander. This is sloppy writing. The only reason she isn't dead is because plot armor. Her characterization does stabilize towards the end, luckily.

5. everyone looks the same. Why do they all have bangs? And why is EVERYONE in love with the main girl Yuri?

... Last updated on May 29th, 2020, 10:36am
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A typical political story, so-so.  
by Zahr P.
December 30th, 2019, 5:38am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I picked this up for my 1990s project to study its aesthetic and such, I had a few thoughts running from first to its last on my four days binge of this whole thing.

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Firstly, character wise: MC, Yuri irked me the most because of her whiny, no ballsy, inconsistent but then grew better midway up close to the end. Either black or white character with no grey area like Nakia, despite some actually had fallen into grey area like Ramses, Ilbani, Priest, Nefertiti, Prince of Darkness.

Plot wise, it was so tight and ran long enough, it had so many volumes I secretly dreaded but determined to finish this binge. I'm surprised there was little to zero disarray or plot holes but still, this ran a little too long the end got a little messy, I didn't care about what happened to Nakia anymore after that sacred bath and everything else.

I'm tired of idealistic romance stuff to hold onto and so much little smut to show, and ridiculous drama but it's what shoujo is for. I honestly found it amusing the fact Yuri almost had never talked about her futuristic past. Obviously I liked Ramses the best since he always stuck to who he was and what he wanted since day 1, pretty consistent. Ilbani second. In general, political story is my #1 guilty pleasure so deal with it.


Aesthetic wise, it had typical 1990s drawing so I guess it served me well.

In short word, it left me meh because again, nothing remarkable.

... Last updated on December 30th, 2019, 5:41am
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I love it  
by Erikachan
December 17th, 2019, 10:00am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga is amazing . it's the best historical manga I've ever read , I really recommend it
I love the romance , and all the characters are unique and have their own personality . The story is very interesting and I love it . Sometimes it makes me cry sometimes it makes me happy
For the art style , it's an old shøjo and the lover is an European

... Last updated on December 17th, 2019, 10:00am
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Seriously so good  
by owlzeyes
July 13th, 2019, 2:52pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is one amazing manga. The plot is really good and the romance is really great too. FL is really clever and ML is really devoted to her. I'm not too particular about art style as long as the manga has a good plot. I really do highly recommend this.
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Stupid Mary Sue  
by Acradnxy
February 3rd, 2019, 11:21pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
Seriously, I gave it a try. I tried to read it despite the art is too old for my taste. Although I grew up with this kind of manga's style, but this is too much. Kail is too feminine and Yuri is so freaking ugly with that kind of hair.

Talking about Yuri, how a what so called "Strong Female Lead" be so weak?? She's so Mary Sue! She almost got rape in almost every chapters. If you are a strong female, you should do something about it! And not begging to be helped every single time!!! Imagine this: YOU almost got rape, what will you do? I'd try to kick that sh*t head's d*ck while screaming for help and RUN away! If the rapist arrested, I'd NEVER forgive IT!! I'd let them rot in hell since they already a RAPIST!! Would you like to marry a rapist?? NO!!! But not in this manga's. This sh*tty character mc almost got rape and she forgives them like nothing happened before. This is so Mary Sue!! All she does is being unique since she's a teenage Japanese (moronic) girl in an ancient Middle eastern country.

All this rape and forgiving the rapist thing is like a brain wash to young gullible lonely teenage girl or woman. Like: forgive the handsome rapist and he will become your prince charming. If you got rape by an old hobo, I bet your ass you will be very disgusted. The hell with people who said this is a good manga. For me it's like that 50 sh*ts of turds! Useless and garbage!

And Yuri always, ALWAYS makes a lot of decision that makes people suffer in the end! All just for the sake for her to SHINE in this turd manga!

Now about Kail. How a Middle Eastern man looks so Japanese?? All he does is: I'm a king so hear me out!!! I want to rape you, so you will become mine!! What? You don't want me?? Screw that! Here comes my d*ck! That's it!! Now you love me don't cha? Now make love to me every day even though you are not in the mood!! Because I'm the king and my d*ck makes you forget everything and only thinking about me!!!

There!! I summarize this manga for you already.

My conclusion: Don't waste your time to read this turd.

... Last updated on February 6th, 2019, 8:14am
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Horrible Characters, but Entertaining and Interesting  
by gloriousmangalover
December 26th, 2018, 12:36am
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
Let's be frank here: Red River was made during a younger, less progressive time in the world, which honestly shows with the genuine lack of basic social decency evident everywhere in the manga.
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In total, I believe it was four guys that tried or did rape Yuri. Her supposedly good love interest, Kail, tried once, and it was completely glossed over. Actually, it was one legitimate time where she was explicitly saying no, but in literally all of their smut scenes (which are scattered but fairly plentiful in comparison to other shoujos), she says "wait" or "stop" or "no", and yet he just completely ignores her. It honestly made me vastly uncomfortable, but I suppose one that the manga just was a product of a time where "no means yes" mentality was common and accepted. However, that doesn't really excuse that he tried to rape her for real, and that time she was very, very strongly against it, but her handmaidens tried to ignore it at first and then she just drops the subject forever after being saved? The entire manga just glided past that moment, and Yuri just kept on stormin' on without any regard to literally all the rapey stuff going on. It sends a terrible message to younger readers (which is why this should be marketed as a josei instead of a shoujo). He even tried to rape her when they first met, but it was written off as "okay" or "excused" when he stopped because she said she liked someone already. WTF? He should've stopped because she said no, not because she already liked someone. That's basically saying that if she was single but still against having sex with him, he could have raped her and that would be the end of it.

Also, about the other rapists, one of them literally could not control his mind, but the other two were in-love-but-not-really with her and tried to express their interest in her by forcing her to have sex with them. Even then, the two, the Prince of Darkness and Ramses (who tried several times, let us not forget), somehow were both regarded by Yuri in the end as a friend worthy of respect. I'm sorry, but what? That's insane. Perhaps that happens for some rapists and victims of rape, but even I, an arguably stupid person, cannot even begin to fathom the amount of destruction and impact that readers are forced to endure. So, yeah, there is a lot of horrible stuff that goes on inside this manga that never gets addressed and is probably only there for dramatic effect. It's a terrible strategy and adds nothing to the plot besides horrifying its readers, but I suppose that one must forgive the times and move on.


However, despite its social issue problems, it still has honestly very frustrating, hypocritical, and badly-developed characters.
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Kail is the worst love interest I've seen in a while. Besides being a rapist, he also happens to be only interested in her for sex. I read this manga a while back and just recently re-read it, and now I can see clearly that in every single scene they have together, he ends up trying to pressure her into sex. It's kind of ridiculous how horny he is for her. But I will give him some credit here: He does seem to care quite a bit about her. He wants her to be happy, physically hurts when she isn't there, and constantly pushes her to be her best, even if she isn't prepared for it. I did feel that the mangaka tried to put him on a pedastal too often by juxtaposing Yuri's innocence with his sexual maturity or political savvy, which glorified his worser actions and made Yuri seem like the stupid or wrong one even when she wasn't, but I digress.
Kail, at times, could be cold and uncaring, but he was, ultimately, a pretty solid, moral character and someone strong for Yuri to partner with.

Yuri herself was a pretty emotionally strong female character. Many people have said she's rather unrealistically strong, given her age and her several accomplishments, but you have to consider how she was forced into her situation and still was able to make the best of it. The mangaka handled a lot of the emotional turmoil that Yuri had to go through nicely. However, there were some points that I felt the author completely glossed over and only added in for dramatic or shocking effect when she could have harnessed it to groom Yuri's rapid and ever-changing character development. Nevertheless, Yuri's humble, kind, mature character is a fairly good role model for all female readers to follow.

I did not care too much for the side characters, as there was a large cast of them. Several of their storylines felt unnecessary or rushed at points,
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especially Rafael's love for Yuri and Ursula's death
. But I will give the author some credit, as she was able to incorporate quite a large amount of characters with ease and still introduce them at appropriate times. As for the villains, the mangaka was really good about giving them emotional backgrounds and histories. Though some smaller characters and 'evil' characters may not have had too much time, they still seemed like real people with emotions and histories hidden within themselves.

Besides some of the complaints I have against the social issues and the characters, the manga is overall a very long epic with really interesting arcs, engaging dialogue, and a hard-to-put-down aura. The mangaka has really amazing storytelling skills, for sure. The bits of history infused with battles, romances, heavy suspense, and a large amount of magic were incredible! Though there are still some points that I felt she could have expanded on
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(for instance, Kai's magic and the magic system in general)
, it was still a very smooth, almost flawless storyline. For once, I couldn't identify any immediate plot holes or inconsistencies because the author covered it all.

TL;DR: Conclusively, I cannot recommend this manga in good conscience, especially to a younger audience. Though this is definitely considered one of the most famous, classic staple pieces of historical romance mangas, it has many character flaws that were poorly addressed, several missed opportunities that made for a bad world building and emotionless build-ups, and a horrid view on literally basic human rights. But it does have a very engaging story with several well-executed and enormously interesting arcs, a strong female character (which is a lot more than every single shoujo out there), and very clean art. On that note, I still am divided on what matters more: giving a manga a good review because it’s a long epic with a lot of prestige, or giving a manga a bad review in order to dissuade younger readers from being pulled into a toxic manga? Therefore, 2/10.

... Last updated on March 24th, 2019, 1:04am
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annoyed  
by narutomaki324
May 26th, 2017, 10:51pm
Rating: N/A
at this point i cant helped but be pissed about how many guys fall in love kiddnap and try to rape the girl. i thought the girl would be strong but she NEVER fights back against them. and she even always forgives them. she is SO naive!! a good story with plot ruined as always with naive shoujo girl that everyone falls in love with.
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Well...  
by blackluna
November 28th, 2016, 11:25am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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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A manga that makes you cringe  
by Welalas
November 12th, 2016, 10:54am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
This manga is trying to imply that if a man forces himself on you(force kiss, attempted rape), you will fall in love with this guy. Like how does that even make any sense..? There are much better historical shoujo manga around that are much better to me. Give this manga a miss if you cannot stand melodramatic stories.
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