Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
Red River
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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Anatolia Story, Heaven by the Red River, Orontes Renka, Orontes Love Song, Where the Sky and the Red River meet
Japanese: 天は赤い河のほとり
English: Red River
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 28
Chapters: 96
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 5, 1995 to Jun 5, 2002
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, Time Travel Time Travel
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Sho-Comi
Authors: Shinohara, Chie (Story & Art)


Score: 8.301 (scored by 89118,911 users)
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Ranked: #3002
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Popularity: #744
Members: 23,112
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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.

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Included one-shot:
Volume 28: Orontes Renka


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

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Mar 30, 2021
I will never not respect the decision to base your historical epic romance in an empire that, prior to the late 19th century, we weren't completely sure existed and that we still know very little about. I love the Hittites and anything to do with them, and really I'm just jealous deep down that I can't use the technique Yuri did to learn the oldest Indo-European language that we have written record of. It's possible I'm a bit of a historical linguistics nerd. Anyway...

I can't pretend that I am unbiased. I am so incredibly biased. This is one of the first manga I ever read, ...
Jan 26, 2023
Mixed Feelings
So, this manga is just so problematic... when i read it circa 2014/2015 it was already problematic. i still love it, though and would definitely read it again.

before reading this, beware of the numerous trigger warnings, SPECIALLY S/A, in various moments of the manga!!! but i promise the relationship between the main characters gets healthy (or at least close to it, this is a 90s/early 2k's manga, have that in mind as you read. most os the thoughts of characters are probably outdated, and the historical factor also plays a part in the story) and there's a relationship between adult/adolescent. there are probably more ...
Jan 21, 2011
In the 10 years of my life of reading manga, I have never encountered one with such absolutely pathetic characters. Don't get me wrong, the idea was good, but the characters were so underdeveloped and the obstacles the heroin had to face were so horribly thought out, that at one point you have to think "What obstacle will they throw at use now? Will it be that the girl can't be with the guy of her dreams because he's a blonde? Oh, the horror! Society shall never approve!"

I'm one to complete my manga's, since I've learned through the years that sometimes manga's get better ...

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Manga 'Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori' Gets Another One-Shot Chapter

Manga 'Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori' Gets Another One-Shot Chapter

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Manga 'Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori' Gets New One-Shot Chapter

Manga 'Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori' Gets New One-Shot Chapter

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