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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)
하늘은 붉은 강가

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Datenshi Blue
Endless Dimension
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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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in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Complete)
16 Volumes (Bunkoban)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1341 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0

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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

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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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Pathetic Villain  
by smily_lois
February 16th, 2016, 4:30pm
Rating: N/A
Oh my god I hated Nakia a lot. Not just the her character but the very idea of her character.
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I couldn't find any other shoujo manga villain more pathetic than she is. All she wanted is to rule the empire through her son, Juda. But, spending 14 volumes trying to do just that is so pitiful. She wasn't even a rounded character. What I got from the manga was that she was selfish, intelligent and unbelievably immature. I get that it sucks having to marry the one who destroyed your homeland, but is there anything more to her? None. For god knows how many years since then, she didn't develop past a vengeful personality.

... Last updated on February 16th, 2016, 4:32pm
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A bit melodramatic but pretty good  
by sakirol
December 10th, 2015, 1:25pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Red River is fairly melodramatic. Characters often have fixations that are awkward. The story is complete and has a sensible timeline with each arc. There's a good mix of smut as well. Quite a good read overall.
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A smut romance drama  
by Akatsubaki
October 20th, 2015, 6:13pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
If you love reading smut manga, you will notice many many of them are short stories and lacking in plot. This is where Sora wa akai kawa no hotori offers a long smutty story to satisfy you in interesting historical background of Anatolia / Turkey. The arts is 90ish style, so some of you need to get adjusted by it. Every bishies will fall in love with the main character and want to have her, often by force. Except for the one she loves. There are some aspects in the story that rise my eyebrow though, when it ignored sensibility for the sake of the story. The girl, Yuri, is very OP. She is just a normal teenager on modern day before being sent to the past, depicted as small and skinny (cute). But without any experience and skill required, she can jump on a running horse and riding it (without a saddle ofc), i know how hard it is to ride a horse as a small asian girl. Then she is able to fight and defeat men on sword fighting, defeat a lion, all without getting hurt, and many more rising eyebrow scenes. Said to possess those qualities to be a queen; leadership skill, wisdom, winning the heart of people, discipline, etc. ...She is flawless. And the antagonist, the queen, is a stereotypical classic antagonist who were there to bully the protagonist and make the story going. It's boring to see this villain keep trying and fail and keep trying and fail again without character development. I can accept all of these because the selling point is the smutty romance drama. So yeah, this is a good manga if you are looking for a long smutty romance.

... Last updated on October 20th, 2015, 6:35pm
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by Alita258
April 17th, 2015, 9:01pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
It's a tragic/melodrama kind of manga, enjoyable for shouju lovers. The historical aspect gives it a plus, although the super heroine act is too unbelievable especially because she's 15, who knew that girl that age could handle armies? It's long, but no too long and hard to find in good quality unless you buy it. It has three side stories, not just one. Check Wikipedia for that. So, do I recommend it? He, why not? It's worth a read if just because you'll learn some history too. Just beware, there are main characters death, lots of love triangles, and a power-craze queen. Although good drama, it can get emotionally exhausting, but for some reason the story rarely loses momentum.

... Last updated on April 17th, 2015, 9:07pm
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The one smut manga i like?  
by residentgrigo
January 31st, 2015, 11:23am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
It is unexpected that I have finished Red River even if it is a clear smut manga that fails history. It has naked military leaders mud wrestling towards the end, at least one multiple days lasting sex session and gratuitous nudity after all. This is the only such manga I can recommend that comes to mind. I blame it on the suspenseful story a lot of good drama and decent leads. It is also surprisingly violent. The ending is very nice too and resolves everything I wanted. The clear art has its moments but did I mention the endless/pointless nudity? So girls want to read about contently naked women (and men of course) too I guess. Some brain dead stuff like the multiple rape attempts, the love triangle that anyone can figure out after volume one, way too many melodramatic deaths, a cringe-worthy subplot about miscarriage and the unneeded time travel didn´t need to be here. Enough of the journey works though to stick around till the end. Her next best and very similar manga Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago never truly got going so I kicked it early on.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2019, 5:56pm
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there is a lot of rape but!!  
by hangluu
December 22nd, 2014, 11:39pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
There is a lot of rape scene but it doesn't mean the author think females are weak and vulnerable. Seriously! Whoever make that argument should just.. I don't know.. crawl into a hole. We see the female lead leaps into battle field and become a military commander despised being raped. It shows that no matter what happen, she can still surpass it and come out stronger. Then we see a female character sacrificing herself for the sake of the country. Not to mention the three sisters who are both smart and physically strong. Sure the main lead sometime emotionally break down and cry but that is what normal people do. Not all females are strong and brave, some are weak and dependent, and that doesn't make them any less real (sorry i had a problem when people complaining about a manga character who is weak and cry a lot and how those type of character doesn't represent real "female"). Sorry for the random sentence, but anyway, this is a really manga, and if rape scene bother you, then skip them, and she wasn't really rape.. attempted rape scene might be much more correct.
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by fishiiie
September 24th, 2014, 11:25pm
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
I can't help comparing this to Basara. They're both so similar - both are war mangas with a strong female lead; both have exceptional art and storytelling flow.

But, I must say, the one thing I loved about Red River is the historical and educational content - I mean, I've never even HEARD about the Hittite Empire until I read this LOL, and then I was like wow... some of this stuff is actually real! And the mangaka manages to incorporate all of that so well into her story with her time travelling character too. *applaud* Thank you, Shinohara Chie-san, for making history / mythological class so interesting.

Unfortunately, it contained a bit too much fan service for my liking. Just read the title of the comment below mine LOL, says it all. Just... smh. Naked people every chapter, man, every chapter. I mean, come on, I'm not a horny teenager anymore.

But really, I'm just so surprised no one has mentioned Basara. Cuz dude, if you read this and thought it was good, then you have GOT to read Basara. NOW!

Why, you ask me? Because Basara > Red River.... hands down, any day. My opinion only, of course - you read it and then decide for yourself. bigrazz
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rape...rape...rape..guess what our heroine never hated any of those man even though they raped her. rather she became friend with them..unbelievable  
by ajaykumaryadav
September 24th, 2014, 1:00am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
Total 11 attempted rape with 5 different worse author tried to make Yuri strong just to last seconds from rape....
..the character Yuri intentionally gets in such bad situations...
...she cannot push nor punishes..nor attempt to harm the man who tried to rape her...
.. she's supposedly strong. She's a Mary Sue. And this manga is supposedly a "rare, good shoujo with a strong heroine, good characters and plot".
And even if she wasn't supposed to be strong, she could at least try fighting back, not just lay there batting her eyes like a lamb.>.>
Instead of fighting against those rapist she forgives them easily as if nothing happened and becomes friend with them...what the hell---this give wrong message to society
And what more instead of fighting against the rapist she compromised with them as if nothing happend and is on friendly them--- that's wrong message to society
Two male characters raped her twice...twice!!....hell ..if they would have been punished earlier they would have not attempted second time...but hella our heroine is very mercyful and she forgives easily to any one......this type of female lead is joke/////
Attempted rape and heroines acting like this(something which enrages me) is really common in shoujo - especially smut - but Anatolia Story which actually takes itself seriously and pretends to be deep and having an empowered female lead and blahhhh, follows the same clichéd path of stupidity...>.> This makes all the abuse much, MUCH worse.
What a horrible, horrible manga. And not just because of the attempted rape.
.this implies the author supposedly sees woman as vulnerable, and weak...that's why he just made so many rape scene....and guess what Yuri character never hated any man after they raped her...this manga is stupid
.this give wrong message to society especially to women that they should just move on and compromise instead of fighting rapist...///

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2014, 7:55am
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Uncaring Male Lead.  
by Lilacs
September 17th, 2014, 7:09pm
Rating: N/A
The male lead, Kail, thinks and says he loves the female lead, Yuri, but his actions say and indicate the opposite.

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1. He doesn't want Yuri get back to her world, so, he become anxious about it; and, what does he do? He tries to rape her. She constantly tells him to stop, but he's only focused in HIS desires, his want. She was terrified, and calling for help, but, nobody went to help her, because just as he says, "I rule this country. I am King! I can have anything I want!". So, Yuri starts to call Hadi and fortunately she goes to help her and, begs Kail to do not do that. He insists in Yuri is his concubine, etc. Hadi keeps begging to Kail to please do not do that. Yuri shouts "Hadi!", and then Kail realizes how much Yuri is terrified from him (she was crying and shivering).

2. After Yuri got back to where Kail was, after she had the miscarriage and was taken care of by Ramses and his doctors in Egypt (the ship where she traveled was sunk by Nakia's schemings and Yuri nearly dies), the first thing Kail does is trying to have sex with her.
She just lost their baby! And Kail behaves like that. :/ :(
So, she stops him, and asks him for his forgiveness because she lost their baby. He says the gods fell in love with him (baby) and wanted him back, and now he's wishing them happiness. Then, Kail says: Translation 1: He's happy she came back to him / Translation 2: the greatest sorrow would have been to lose her.
After that, they have sex, and he asks her why Ramses didn't force himself on her.
Super inconsiderate to be asking that after she was suffering and crying because of her miscarriage. :/
Honestly, I had thought that the moment Kail saw Yuri again, he would ask her how she's feeling after all she went through. Emotional support. Not sex.

3. Several times when she's worried or scared about something; for example, if she would be a good queen or not, and talks about it to Kail, he only says: "When you're alone with me you don't have to worry about such things. [...] Right now I don't care about territory, or treasure, war or politics". But, she does. She worries and cares about it. She's just a teenager in another time and place, away from her country, family and friends.
The times when she talks and express to Kail something that worries her, he just kisses her, and they have sex.
It seems he doesn't like to address her thoughts and worries, he just evades them.
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