Ranked #148

Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori (Manga)

Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori

Alternative Titles

English: Red River
Synonyms: Anatolia Story, Heaven by the Red River, Orontes Renka, Orontes Love Song
Japanese: 天は赤い河のほとり


Type: Manga
Volumes: 28
Chapters: 96
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 5, 1995 to Jun 5, 2002
Authors: Shinohara, Chie (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sho-Comi


Score: 8.481 (scored by 4987 users)
Ranked: #1482
Popularity: #411
Members: 10,097
Favorites: 821
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A seemingly ordinary modern day teenager, Yuri, is suddenly whisked away to the Hittite empire in ancient Anatolia, where an ambitious queen wants the girl for a blood sacrifice in order to murder all heirs but her son, thus seizing control of the throne. Luckily, the timely intervention of Prince Kail saves Yuri from the queen's grasp. Kail promises to send Yuri back to her home, but the queen's persistent schemes to kill them both, plus their growing feelings for each other, keep those plans delayed.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Included one-shot:
Volume 28: Orontes Renka


Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori was published in English as Red River by VIZ Media from May 26, 2004 to January 12, 2010.


Suzuki, Yuri
Suzuki, Yuri
Mursili, Kail
Mursili, Kail
Ramses, User
Ramses, User
Queen Nakia
Queen Nakia
Princess Alexandra
Princess Alexandra

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Nov 29, 2008
An extremely fantastic manga, if I may say so myself.

I absolutely adore this manga and i'm honestly shocked that there are not many other reviews for this. I found this manga to be brilliant, not to mention thoroughly entertaining.

The story is basically about a girl who is brought back in time to the ancient Egyptian time by an evil queen. Sounds pretty bland and cheesy, but surprisingly it was rather fresh. Red River is a wonderful combination of genres wrapped all in one single manga and presented in a way that will, without a doubt, keep you entertained. Action, romance (definitely!), drama, evil sadistic read more
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Dec 25, 2009
Anatolia Story or Red River is one of the few manga that transcends the boundaries of time. It is indeed a timeless classic that is bound to captivate the reader’s attention. It is certainly one of the best manga out there who can cope up with the fast paced innovation in the manga industry.

The story starts with a simple girl named Yuri, she is transported to the Hittites Empire by the evil queen because her blood is needed as a sacrifice in order to kill the other remaining prince. She was constantly saved by Prince Kail, a handsome and smart young man. Prince Kail read more
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Feb 12, 2015
When reading the first chapters, you think it's the story of a girl in trouble and get saved by her hero and they live happily ever after. Which is surprisingly WRONG in fact it's beyond your expectations, the heroine of this Manga isn't your typical heroine. She's more then just a heroine, even how tomboyish, stubborn , insecure and scared she is , she overcomes any problem her path meets in this oldest Era. Not only the main characters are the heroes but also side characters that even have the smallest role.
The surprising turns in this story makes you keep reading and makes you travel read more
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Dec 29, 2014
I just finished this book and you can never fully understands how amazing it is until you have read it yourself.

story: This is a romance manga between a prince and a princess( which is actually a normal teenage girl ), that sounds exciting doesn't it? Now what you expect from the manga may be a little different from what the manga actually says , but I am really telling the truth. I don't want to give any spoilers so this is all I am going to say.

The art really took me some time to get used to, but once I got used to it, read more
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Innocent yet strong and capable girl gets thrown into one bad situation after another. Both protagonists fall in love with a man of nobility.
The difference is that Red River has no gender-bender and Legend of Nereid no time-travel. Furthermore, Legend of Nereid is a manhwa.

But mostly, if you enjoyed Red River (like I did) you should also enjoy Legend of Nereid. 
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and many more similarities...If you liked Saver than i would definitely recommend Red River 
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