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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.


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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

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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 #101 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #52 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #43 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #33 increased(+2)
Year Pos #29 decreased(-7)

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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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Heart wrenching love story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
June 30th, 2013, 11:31pm
I enjoy the story. The girl seems to be trapped in another time but is saved by a prince of the area and the two fall in love with each other eventually. Yuri can't decide if she wants to return to Japan or stay with Kail for eternity, but in the end makes the right choice. The thing that bothers me is that alarmist as soon as Yuri and Kail are together an things are peaceful, something bad happens (usually caused by Nakia). I do like the love between Kail and Yuri and find it endearing to see them so committed to each other and worried about each other when they are apart (cause normally something bad happens when they are apart). It was a decent read that kept me wanting to know what would happen next. And, it seems Yuri and Kail are together and happy for a short before something happens that splits them apart. Then, something happens to Yuri later on in the story that makes me sad to see because Yuri worries about what Kail will think when he hers about what happened to her. There are just moments, like that, that tear my heart up to see happen.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2013, 1:38am
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Damn Glad I Didn't Miss It!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by japcraze
June 23rd, 2013, 8:37pm
A time travel romance manga that I will DEFINITELY RECOMMEND. I almost missed it by the first look! cuz I am just not used to the sharp faces I guess. But I am super glad I decided to read it in the end cause in my mind the drawing got really beautiful maybe cause I start enjoying the series. Yes, I think that the series is long but it's not a usual series that you can find anywhere! It's a mixture of real history and a bit of unrealistic story yes but it just makes it all the more interesting don't ya think? But there's something that kind of constantly piss me of, that is when Yuri is being super stubborn and insist on doing things her own way which in the end causes trouble for Kail. (or maybe I am just biased since I love Kail so much!! =D) Overall, this is just an SUPER AMAZING manga that you MUST READ!!
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It's too long.   
Rating: N/A
by telepop
May 16th, 2013, 2:35pm
I think it's boring. Nothing really happened. I like funny characters, light hearted stuff, looking at a lot of different things, different scenery and this manga lacked that for me Does this mean it deserves a low rating from me? Ehhhh

... Last updated on May 16th, 2013, 2:36pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Mayuchi89
May 5th, 2013, 2:37am
Is a very complicated n incomplete manga that make me so speechless while reading it..why i say is not incomplete,that is becoz the mangaka make the manga until like 28 volume man thats really long right?,but the mangaka didnt even think to put a little bit of subplot of what happen to the time yuri was before that is 'the future'.. i was keep on wandering while reading one vol after another,'maybe in the next volume there will be a story about what happen to yuri's family n friends'. But shockingly there is none, yeah totally suck. The plot is goin in around board, is like the same thing every time... war,kidnap,attempt murder,accusation of murder,kiss n kiss...bla4 it the same round n round until the last vol. I bet the mangaka really out of ideas.. im not sayin is a bad manga and im not tryin to b the bad guy here, im just spoke out the truth of what i thought. The story in the begginning is very splendid, but after a while i dont know like until vol 10 n above i really feel like quiting..but i still proceeds until the last vol coz i already read until ten vol ofcourse i want to know the ending n somemore i already spend like 2 day to read it until vol anybody who willing to waste their free time to read this please dont forget your surrounding n keep yourself clean n healthy,coz im sick already ..haha..byee
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ginrin
January 15th, 2013, 1:18am
So many loopholes in the story that could make your eyes roll everytime but other than that this is enjoyable romance. Character development is present with time and not just the protagonist. This is your typical shoujo without much thought to read nor trick up to her sleeve.
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Love it!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mnher15
November 18th, 2012, 2:41pm
I love this series.. the girl is such a strong girl and kail is the prefect king..reading this series makes my heart race up, because so many things happens and leads to another problem.. you could not get tired of reading this manga.. this series is one of my top 5 fav.
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Why haven't I read this before????   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mythcom
September 14th, 2012, 8:29pm
It was incredible from the start I loved it and I loved everything about it
Don't be disappointed by the art you will get used to it after the second chapter
I didn't get bored for a second
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Gizmos
September 8th, 2012, 3:20pm
Starts good and goes steady for a while but close to the end it gets boring and repetetive. My suggest is you start reading and get as far as you can have fun.
It is definitely not a bad read, but because of length it gets boring. Definitely a good shoujo.
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Too much problems   
Rating: N/A
by micochin
July 5th, 2012, 12:38am
Is it a good manga? My answer would be a Yes. BUT, I stopped reading it because there's just too many problems. The manga didnt have that break where the couple could relax. As if the reader would always be worrying or headache because of too much problems. It would be okay to have those problems if Yuri and Kail would have enough time to be together, But they are always apart. 3/4 of the manga they are always apart from each other, and the 1/4 would just be talking and thinking of tactics. Well I havent finished it im on volume 22 because i got tired from all those problems. My own problems is enough for me, i wouldnt want to read such a problematic manga. Manga is my place where I could relax and fulfill my own fantasies. hahaha. But its a good manga, its not that bad after all smile

i'll give it an 8 since its not that bad and worthy of reading.
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Predictable and Repetitive.   
Rating: N/A
by hxoxolalala
June 26th, 2012, 10:02am
This manga was a little on the annoying side. I say this because Yuri always made stupid mistakes. When someone told her not to do something because it will cause problems, she did it anyway and some times got people killed. This manga was good i liked the fact that as the manga developed she became stronger and stronger and not so helpless. Another problem I had with this manga is how it became repetitive. Yes some mangas are repetitive and we can look past it, but this manga drew on for soooo long I found myself skimming the pages because i knew how they would end. All in all I did not favor this manga but i know some people will like the way the story develops. This wouldnt be my first choice to recomend but i would recomend it none the less. I say give it a shot but if you get bored half way through, I say skip to the end because the story wont change. You really wont miss much and you can put it together easily.
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