Red River

Alt title: Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori

Vol: 28; Ch: 96
1995 - 2002
4.525 out of 5 from 1,588 votes
Rank #600
Red River

For no apparent reason, fifteen-year-old Yuri Suzuki is suddenly snatched out of her modern world by a pair of hands emerging out of the water. She is transported back to Hattusa, the Hittite Empire's capitol, during the time of the Bronze Age; its queen, Nakia, wishes to use Yuri has a human sacrifice. The only way Yuri can survive is by becoming the concubine to the Prince of the Empire, and Ishtar to the people of the Empire. With danger at every turn and her heart torn, will Yuri decide to stay in Hattusa, or try to find her way back home?

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I absolutely LOVED this manga - I mean it had everything a reader, well at least a female reader, would want: a physically and mentally strong female charcter, extreme and real romance not bullsh*t romance that defys the laws of space and time, I MEAN COMEONE MIRAI NIKKI (I advise you don't watch or read Mirai Nikki as it will simply take away hours of your time and then end leaving you with so many plot holes and questions that your brain will reset itself trying to adjust to the sh*t that it has just been blasted with) and finally a manga which has an adequate amount of chapters enough to keep you entertained for at least a week, if you don't stay up all night reading chapters in which a week will turn into 3 - 5 days. Plus the fact that the plot was superb - I mean girl being dragged into another era due to the plans of an evil sorcress and then falls in love with the mighty prince - it's like a princess plot but a million times better and the girl isn't the one waiting for her prince charming. I'm just thinking if I had to name the best character in the whole manga who would it be cause although Yuri was badass and wasn't useless like some other female manga characters, SAKURA (from Naruto), you still got to admit Kail (sorry but I haven't read the manga in a couple of months but I still remember what happens and the plot of it but just not the names so if it isn't Kail soz) was pretty badass too with the way he defeated his "mother" plus you've got to admit that he did act as big part of the manga I mean the way he deeply cared about Yuri so much so that sometimes that he would even get a bit possessive of her which added a lot juciness to the manga. Anyway I got to say though this is one of the best manga that I have ever read they should really turn this into an anime, if it isn't already one, do you know how awesome that would be? Damn, I am so tired right now, but still got to complete that project due for tomorrow (last minute homework), so I'm gonna stop. Peace Out.


This story is beautiful. The plot is good and the arcs are masterfully handled in a way that doesn't make them seem rushed or forced. The characters seem pretty solid already in the beginning, but their development is natural and raw. They struggle with their emotions, with love, and with the weight of what war truly is. It's closer to the heart than just some faraway battlefield. This doesn't romanticize the brutality in any way. The characters in this story struggle a lot, especially Yuri. She struggles with guilt of wanting to stay in a world she was forced to belong in, and the guilt of wanting to leave the people she's connected with behind in exchange for her old life. I love that the people around her allow her decisions to be hers and hers alone. They give her the freedom she needs to mature and grow into a responsible and fair woman. The art is immaculate. The attention to period clothing, natural skin tones, and scenery is appreciated. Too often I see historical type mangas that have modernized clothing styles for the sake of being "progressive" but that damages the overall effect of a historical piece. The art style doesn't impede on showing these differences and allowing the different cultures to shine beyond assigned colors and hair types. The diversity even extends beyond the art and into the dialogue, accents and language barriers are presented, they are used to further story arcs and resolve issues and I think it's a very cleverly used tactic that can often be overlooked in worldbuilding. I aslo apreciate the attention to detail in terms of political climate of the surrounding countries. The names, families, and dynasties are all correct and each place is handled with respect and care. Worldbuilding is difficult, it's hard to put your thoughts into words when all it's ever been is the images in your head. It's even harder to build a world in the pre-existing conditions of the past. Yes, most things can be left up to interpretation, but only to an extent. The romance is also top-notch. It's not exactly a slow-burn, but they do take the time to actually develop a connection beyond a zing. I apreciate the push and pull they have with each other. They push each other to be the best they can and when the other trips, they're there to guide them and pull them along until they get their bearings again. It's a very natural feeling relationship.

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