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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.

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 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?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews

Forum
5 topics, 26 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1284 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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9+
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Last Updated
November 28th 2016, 12:47pm 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 #90 decreased(-15)
Monthly Pos #51 decreased(-19)
3 Month Pos #32 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #34 decreased(-5)

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On 1449 reading lists
On 1283 wish lists
On 2732 completed lists
On 190 unfinished lists
On 641 custom lists

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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 5 years ago
Red River over 9 years ago

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GOOOODD!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
November 2nd, 2011, 2:47am
Spoilers ahead!!

At first I was...sort of skeptical about reading this since I am very particular about what manga I read based on (for the most part) the part of the manga. Just based on the art itself, I could already tell that this is an old manga (older than what i usually go for, lol). But I know I shouldn't discriminate based on that--it's just that I have such a hard time reading a manga if the art is sucky. The style is quite apparent. However, based on very good reviews and recommendation (searched for recommendation manga similar to "Shirayuki" manga), I started reading it. It's...very long. So be warned. Haha. I started reading this while I was supposed to be studying for midterm and got absolutely sucked into it that I couldn't stop. I lost sleep reading this. Tis' absurd. Anyway, as I read it, the art is actually very, very well done. It's in a different style than I am used to. This kind of art is so much more detailed and proportional that I know it must have taken considerable more effort and skill to draw it. It's very stylized--however you wanna take that comment.
The story is quite well done. There's so many twists and turns that I couldn't get tired of it. Things never really turned out the way you want it to. Though,...I do agree to some extent that the evil queen plot may be a bit repetitive. Personally, i don't really mind that much .Yeah, sure it's cliche, but I'm more into the romance and military advances than the queen's attempts to kill Yuri.

People you don't want to die, died. It's kind of sad, but I guess that's what makes the manga sort of realistic in that it doesn't discriminate characters. Umm... I was a bit put out for a while that the main character (Yuri) seems to be relying too much on the Prince (Kail), but then later on in the manga, she started to develop reason and good judgement. She matured a lot as the story goes on--not as fast as I would have liked. (Also it seemed that sometimes everything just sort of...fall in to the lap without her doing anything significantly brilliant). But she did, and that's why I classified this as a coming of age manga among many.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)

-First love.
-First time (sex)
-playboy turned one-woman-man
-coming of age = growing up
-leadership (as a prince, princess, queen, king, and the "Istar" which is a religious/ideological figure--the Goddess of Love n War)
-royal family vs. commoner
-feuds between countries and between the peoplr of the royal family (the rights to the throne)
-love triangle (between the king, the commander of Egypt, and the girl-Istar)
-historical biography (middle east => Egypt, Anatolia, Babylonian, etc. = situate historical figures like Pharaoh Ramses of Egypt in a different and more intimate context).
-hot guys who are half naked most of the time. and....of course "hot" girls who usually wear revealing clothes --not for prudes!! (lol). Like, seriously, even though this manga doesn't have any explicit sex scenes, you'd be surprised as I was how many nipples were shown. I just keep wondering how they shave their legs (tmi?).
-military (campaigns, war, training, fistfights, sword fights, etc.)
-lots of deaths

Highly recommended.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2011, 2:56am
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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.
THE BEST.=)
and also you get really attached to the characters.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2008, 7:23pm
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ug   
Rating: N/A
by SinD
March 4th, 2009, 1:33am
i only read chapter one and its a nicely drawn manga but the girl....she pisses me right off. her character is just so freaking dumb! she doesnt do what anyone tells her even if its to save her own life she just gets other people into trouble!! if anyone can tell me a good reason why i should keep reading tel me now. if her personality doesnt change much then i am through with it.
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Smutty one...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Helaine
March 19th, 2009, 10:30am
Good one for shoujo lovers and there are many soft porn scenes in this comic too.... To me the best thing is that some part of this manga is from reality. You know, "based on true story" will always attract customers although 70% of it is actually fiction. XD


But it's good, really. Worth reading for shoujo lovers <3
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anatolia story   
Rating: N/A
by chie shinohara
April 18th, 2006, 5:46pm
this series is so great!! i've found at least up to volume 9, it's so great! love the story...
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annoyed   
Rating: N/A
by narutomaki324
May 26th, 2017, 10:51pm
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...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
November 28th, 2016, 11:25am
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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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).
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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OMGeee   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KissTheStars
March 12th, 2012, 12:32pm
this manga is a really good and i mean what i say i thought of reading this to pass time but now wow im soo glad i came across this manga because of this manga i no longer judge a manga by the cover im likee in love with old fashioned drawings like this one and the story progression as it goes on better and better showing yuri mature into a woman and the hottie kail to show his true caring side !
i highly reccomend this manga to all shoujo manga readers !! no matter what the age !! you will not regret reading this manga smile PEACE
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This one, I Loved for sure!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ailuj15
December 28th, 2011, 2:15pm
it was quite long but it left nothing to ask for. most of my questions were answered and it was worth the read. (i finished it in only 2 1/2 days biggrin)

it's a mixture of romance and history and i see her actually growing. it's more believable since time is moving unlike usual mangas where the heroine is set to grow mentally and emotionally in a short span of time.

There wasn't anything to hate, on my part. I was a bit worried about whether or not i could tolerate the art since i can't stand the earlier manga art but i was proven wrong. everything was drawn simply yet elegantly. all the characters were beautiful and the story is realistic in a sense that there are war strategies and a strong sense of loyalty and honor.

all the characters were great, including all the antagonists(there were a lot). The protagonists were adorable!!!! I just loved them!

all in all, this manga was worth the read and it gives a sense of finality that most mangas don't give.

you should try it.
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Beautiful. Absolutely Beautiful.   
Rating: N/A
by misscookie68
November 11th, 2008, 2:23am
Ah i finished reading the series and It was wonderful! The ending ended perfectly
the way i believe everyone wants it to be! I thought it was worth reading from beginning to the very end. I give this series are 10 out of 10
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