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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?

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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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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #62 decreased(-2)
Monthly Pos #52 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #46 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #35 decreased(-6)
Year Pos #30 decreased(-8)

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On 1285 wish lists
On 2742 completed 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 6 years ago
Red River over 9 years ago

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Amazing and super awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eugene92
March 31st, 2012, 4:24am
I'm in love with this story. I got hooked since the first volume. This series is definitely one of my favorite manga with such great plots and wonderful characters. Very highly recommended!!! And a must have if you're are a manga collector.
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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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
March 4th, 2012, 10:10pm
A gripping story that should not be put aside despite the quiet old art style, this is still one compelling manga. The only negative side is the repetitive plot line of
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
attempted rapes and untimely deaths from side characters
anyway this manga is absolutely worth it for shojo readers!

... Last updated on December 15th, 2012, 2:59am
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Awesome. So awesome.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
February 24th, 2012, 7:29am
So I've picked up this manga after putting it on my wishlist for a long time since I'm not sure if this is a good manga, although I've seen a lot of people recommending it not to mention that there's 28 volumes which is another reason why I'm not reading this yet since I'm not a fan of manga with long volumes. But, I'm kinda happy that I picked this up. Although at first I'm pretty irritated with Yuri defying her love for Kail, just because she's from a different "era". The another thing that I dislike is the constant kidnapping of Yuri. It's a bit annoying that she gets kidnapped every single story or scene, although she can still mingle her way out without relying on the help of Kail. Her bravery is what I admire of course! Not to forget that the people who spoils my mood by making their appearance is Urhi and that wicked Nakia. But overall, it's a good story although so many good people died. (I cried when Tito...uh, I better not say it. You guys should read it!) Since the ending is a happy one, I'll recommend this. :3
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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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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by StrawberryLUNA
December 9th, 2011, 2:19pm
The story is interesting but it kind of drags on. When it ended I was just glad it was done instead of wanting to beg for more like you would after reading Basara. Also some of the ideals in the story just make it seem forced, hinder the progress and make the story less believable. Like how the king, a war hero, basically refuses to have anyone executed, including the main villain of the story. sorry, i'm going to have to call Bullsh*t on that.

anyways, don't get me wrong, its a good manga and an enjoyable read, its just not a great one. I'm giving it 8/10

... Last updated on March 19th, 2012, 11:49am
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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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Really good once you lose it.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by slykid
October 15th, 2011, 4:52am
Ok , so I think I've read enough to finally say my review and up till this point I've really enjoyed it , I like the romance between the prince and yuri the settings great and so on but blaaaaah the whole evil queen thing is getting soo repetitive !! It's the same senario over and over again , the queen plots somethingup they get confused then finally catch on but when they do its too late and one person dies ...this is all I've seen through out and it gets tiring you know but I admit I have read a lot for the first time in one go so maybe that's why ?? Anyway this is great apart from that and I really dont want this to be a manga where I end up skimming through and eventually skipping to the end , I'm gonna have a little break for now:

EDIT ! AWW yeah it was pretty good but its just not a 10 for me it was ok , nice ending and all and the mangaka really tried to please her readers. people are saying this was amazing blah blah etc but for me it was just ok ..the ending was good but it left me saying " oh , ok so that's nice neeext" it was nothing life blowing it was like a little typical loong fairy tail but one thing I can say is I read it all the way through without skipping which is actually amazing for me so that says something EDIT ::I finished it and I really enjoyed it.Edit: read it lookes back on it now and I wish I was still reading it...sad

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 1:50am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
October 9th, 2011, 5:13am
This is an awesome manga,hands down in my top 10 easily, if not in my top 5.
I have never found another one even close to being similar to it, so if anyone has suggestions that are simmilar to this manga, not necessarily in plot but in the lovers aspect, and is reading my quick review, I would love you to mail them to me through this website!

... Last updated on May 26th, 2013, 8:52am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bonkling13
September 21st, 2011, 6:12am
I fell in love with this series the moment I started reading it. Now, I read it over and over, and I never get tired of reading it. It's my all time favorite. The best historical-romance manga that I've ever read. I recommend this to those who like to read historical-romances with princes and royalty.


... Last updated on December 20th, 2011, 7:03am
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