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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori  
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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 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.


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 over 5 years ago
v.23 by Shoujoshare over 9 years ago
v.23 c.1 by Midnight Scans over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

5 topics, 26 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1290 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 28th 2016, 12:47pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #61 (No change)
Monthly Pos #50 decreased(-1)
3 Month Pos #43 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #33 increased(+2)
Year Pos #28 decreased(-6)

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Forum Posts
Why is it a tragedy? about 1 year ago
Red River Paradox about 1 year ago
D'''= *spoilers* over 3 years ago
What if... over 6 years ago
Red River over 9 years ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by flapple
April 19th, 2008, 10:59pm
this is great!!!! i loved it even though its shojo and imma boy it still has all the killing and romance i need smile (lots of killing) anyways it seems like vol 20 is missing many pages to whoever scanlated it, but thanks i cant wait for vols 21-25 smile

Great smile
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addictive like a drug   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by christine357123
April 18th, 2008, 7:21pm
this manga is soooo addictive it is like honestly like a drug
not that you know ive consumed it
but to evryone out there, it is one of the must reads
im literally dieing to know what happens in vol. 21-25.
they seem to be missing but the last three volumes arent but its really a manga to die for.
fantastic plot characters drawings i love the hint of history in it as well.
and also you get really attached to the characters.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2008, 7:23pm
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by sofi-lee
April 12th, 2008, 3:50pm
Ah! I'm killing myself waiting for vol. 21-25! It's a GREAT manga, great plot and great characters...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ese
March 25th, 2008, 6:04am
I think Anatolia Story is one of delicious manga by Shinohara Chie sensei. Besides, i love classic/old shoujo style of drawing. The plot is not something too cliche than any other shoujo manga nowadays so, i'll give this one of my fav series. biggrin Definitely OiSHii!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
March 24th, 2008, 5:24pm
What a good and addictive story, i want more! I am still waiting for those five volumes that are missing to finish it off because this story is just too good. I love this kind of heroine and our main male lead is so great and good looking....ah. Although the art is outdated is pretty good so i will try and read more stuff from this mangaka in the meantime.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by IcedWolf
March 13th, 2008, 12:08am
So far in this series I have been sitting on the edge of my seat to see what comes next. This manga has just about everything a shoujo should have. I was really quite amazed, and in some sections the art isen't to bad either. So I rate this manga accordingly, and don't let the art be the only thing stopping you from reading this. It's an amazing story!

... Last updated on March 13th, 2008, 12:08am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cl123
March 5th, 2008, 7:15pm
A MUST-READ for shojo, or just plain manga fans. I love the main character - not at all like the ditzy, hopeless girls of most shojo, but is actually a strong, capable, and admirable woman. Character development is awesome, as well as the plot and the romance.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Dark_Snow
March 5th, 2008, 1:20pm
I absolutely adore this manga! It has a little bit of everything drama,romance,action,history,religion(tiny bit), and even fantasy! i can't wait to read the rest!
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Holy fudge   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dubby
February 25th, 2008, 8:01pm
Whenever I read a shoujo manga, I normally read it for entertainment, no matter how trashy it is. It's like buying one of those crappy books at the airport.

Red River, though, is nothing like that. It is completely amazing. Likeable characters, amazing and original plot... it's like Shakespeare compared to all those other trashy books. Here's one manga you just don't read for entertainment, I'll tell you that.

It's the true roots of shoujo. Forget Fruits Basket and Vampire Knight - you MUST read this. I've read a lot of mangas [a LOT] and this one just simply stole my breath. It's a real page turner.

It's a lot like Basara, which is good, because Basara is also an amazing manga.

Point is... go read Red River. You will NOT be disappointed.

... Last updated on February 25th, 2008, 8:02pm
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Surprisingly addictive!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kira819
February 7th, 2008, 8:00am
I usually don't read those stories with old style drawings but after I gave it a try I found that the art was part of its charm. The story is really good with alot of interesting plots! There are a lot of action as well as some comedy here and there and how the author combined the storyline with history is really interesting!
And you'll just fall in love with the charcters! The heroine is a portrayed as a strong-willed girl and the romance between her and the prince will just make you scream for more!
Any shoujo lovers will easily become addicted to this, and even if your not such a shoujo fan I'm sure you'll enjoy the journey and struggles all the characters have to face in ancient mesopotamia!
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