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Red River, Vol. 1 (Red River #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  9,461 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Youri, a pretty Japanese girl who just passed a college entrance exam, is ecstatic after her first kiss with her handsome childhood friend-turned-boyfriend, Himuro. Meanwhile, she starts to notice that water becomes agitated whenever she goes near it! One night, hands appear out of a puddle on the street and drag her into the water. She emerges from the water to find that ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 26th 2004 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 25th 1995)
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Amy Gonzalez I believe it is appropriate for a high school library because most high schoolers have probably read more explicit books than this, and they…moreI believe it is appropriate for a high school library because most high schoolers have probably read more explicit books than this, and they are/should be old enough to handle the manga and the scenes properly.

If they don't like it, then they don't have to read the Manga. Red River has an amazing storyline and is much more than just a manga with a few sexual scenes.(less)

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Feb 02, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
An extremely silly schoolgirl is magically transported from modern Japan to ancient Anatolia, where an evil queen wants to sacrifice her and a playboy prince wants to get frisky with her. (Neither happens; this book is appropriate for a younger audience.)

Many Hittites were blonde, apparently. Especially the wonton ones.
Aug 25, 2008 Chennijen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of shoujo manga with a historical bent
Whoa. I had no idea that the recent wave of manga-translating extended as far as this series! Craziness...
I read this in Chinese when I was in...high school? And it's not bad, for a shoujo romance-type. (I originally picked it up because the artwork looked a little like Saitou Chiho's...I was a fan of hers, back when she used to write PG stories.) It falls nicely into the niche of stories where young girls are magically whisked to some random place/time in history (in this case, it's ancient Ana
Mar 22, 2011 Johanness rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shinohara-chie
"I've finished reading every single release. I plan to re-read it again, it was so in-depth and it was form reading this that I actually noticed that I like Historic-fiction. Loved this manga. One of the best I eve read, 90+ Chapters, it took me a few months to complete it cause I could only read it from the net, since they weren't selling it where I could buy it, I so plan to buy the series when I can. I love the part where the Egyptian guard totally steals her. >xD" -2011 Me

This is still in
Oct 29, 2012 Arushi rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The fact is, that even years after reading it, I remember this manga quite well. That says quite a bit about how good it was.

This is a love story at its core, but it is also a coming of age story, a story about a king finding a true queen and then not letting her go, about a girl adapting her life to the life of the man she loves and the sacrifices she makes for him, made all the more important because he never asks for them. It is a story about two people who come together across time and form
Mar 20, 2012 Lexie rated it liked it
I had, until I began re-reading this series, forgotten what a prick Kail could be at times. Mind you he wasn't the worst offender ever, but its kind of shitty to threaten a girl with "bedding her for real" if she tries to run away (even if you're attempting to keep her idiotic neck safe).

Though to be fair Yuri wasn't much better. The scenes (in the first couple of books at least) went something like this:

Yuri: I must go do this stupid thing!
Kail: But its stupid! And will get you killed!
Yuri: It
Laura (ローラ)
The unlikely story of Yuri, a Japanese teenager pulled back in time to the 14th century BC by the Tawannana (empress) of the Hittite Empire. Stuck between wanting to return to her home in Japan, and staying to help the man she loves, Yuri becomes Ishtar the goddess of war and has the romantic adventure of a life-time.

This makes it into my top 10 manga (there may be more than 10 in the list, but... this is one of them). An absolute must read. It's intensely romantic, terribly tragic, and perfectl
This series, Red River, is unique for its length (28 volumes total) and its setting, that is, the Hittite empire at 1300 BCE, roughly. The Hittite empire, now present-day Turkey, expanded all the way to Troy in the West, to the satellite kingdom of the Mitanni (Hanigalbat), in the East. Basic gist is that a schoolgirl called Yuuri (going on 15 years old) is sent back in time to Ancient Turkey by a curse, and the narrative follows her quest to get back, and well as her growth into a capable leade ...more
Beth Martin
Truth: it actually took me an entire weekend to streamline this glorious, wondrous crack into my system. I started mid afternoon on Friday, and ended late night Sunday. It consumed the majority of my waking hours. Addiction was indeed a fierce, unrelenting thing. Even so, this is a massive undertaking of 90 chapters of manga, most chapters averaging around 120 or so pages. Be warned.

Truth: I am writing this review to include tankoban issues 1-28, e.g. the entire series, since I read it all onlin
typical heroine.
but I love the hero. =D


edit setelah selesai baca sampai vol.28:

Sebenarnya... nilaiku untuk komik ini cuma 2,5. Tapi berhubung bintang GR purnama semua, jadi dibulatkan deh ke atas.
Alasanku, karena banyak banget ya inkonsistensi di cerita ini. Misal:

Nakia ingin penggal kepala Yuri untuk ambil darahnya --> tapi di tengah2 cerita, tau2 si nenek sihir malah bikin konspirasi kirim Yuri ke medan perang. Gimane cara ambil darahnye??

Yuri ga bisa
Farhanah Nurhidayah
oh my god, this manga has taken over my life. i mean seriously it took me about a week to finish up the whole series. let me tell you, it was fucking awesome manga ever! at first i thought it was short and light read but no it wasnt easy than it looks. the world building was top notched. i thought the author did an amazing job trying to make an existing material and put it in fiction way it was very good. the way she illustrated the world it was beautiful drawing. i like reading history but it d ...more
Alix  [Semi-Hiatus]
Jul 24, 2015 Alix [Semi-Hiatus] rated it liked it
Shelves: cliche-romance
This series was a big guilty-pleasure read for me. I liked it and read the half of the first book plus two and three in one sitting. However, it was not the most enlightening thing one finds in manga.

First of all, it was ridiculous and random. You don't need me to tell you that, just look at the synopsis. I'm not terribly sure that the names are accurate either, but at least there are no actual Hittites to be potentially offended by the portrayal of their culture.

Secondly, it was kind of sexist.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Oct 29, 2010 CJ - It's only a Paper Moon rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, shojo
A pretty good premise for a time travel manga. Crazy queen needs sacrifice, asks Gods, Gods tell her there's a girl from the 20th century (1995) and the crazy queen can manipulate water and whilst on a date, Yuuri (the modern gal) is sucked into a puddle.

Poor girl is confused but what bugged me a bit was she seemed a bit too much of a crybaby. I don't know, if a handsome guy started making out with me to save my life (and didn't act like a jerk about it) I'd be a little more grateful than runnin
Sep 30, 2009 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
My first foray into manga... and jebus am I hooked. I started reading it after I got home from work at 11 pm last night, kept reading until 6 am, "napped" for two hours, got ready for work while continuing to read. I am on the 16th volume. Exactly the type of escapism I was looking for: historical-fantasty-romantic-adventure fiction. Granted if you're really squeamish about violence and sex or dislike female leads getting rescued, may not be the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Prince Kail ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Shannon rated it liked it
Read #1
Started on January 20, 2016
Finished on January 26, 2016
3.5 stars

I feel like I really need a completely separate star system when rating manga -- this was so fluffy and predictable, but I still liked it? I know a lot of shoujo manga typically incorporate "damsel-in-distress" tropes, but for some reason, I'm not as hard on them as I am when I read YA. Maybe because they're so easy to get through, or maybe because it's sort of an expected standard in a lot of the manga I read. IDK. It was ju
Oct 30, 2010 Shakif rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. I thought it was rather boring. I only read it because a friend if mine told me to read it. It is basically about a girl who magically went to ancient Egypt and is stuck there with a evil witch who is on her back to kill her. And the prince is the one who saves her but the real question is will she make it back to her world. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Oct 05, 2015 Dakota rated it really liked it
spend 2 days reading the whole series.
I haven't read a period manga in a while so this was a throwback to classic comics with the drawing and all.
The series didn't really pick up for me until after the fifth volume but after that I couldn't stop until I finished. now I feel sad and happy that I finished.
Jun 05, 2017 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
see full review @ Katie's Corner

I have been postponing writing this review for a long time. Not because I had no idea what to write, but because there was too much I wanted to write about. I even wanted to write more than one review, but somehow every time I had this idea I didn't know where to stop. In essence, there was a great place to stop and write the review, but even when I was reading the book for the 3rd time, it still captivated me too much for me to even stop reading to write the revi
Feb 02, 2017 kim rated it did not like it
i'm never reading manga again i can't believe shes 15 and he keeps trying to bang her i'm out
Mar 09, 2015 Shojo_otaku rated it really liked it
why yuuri why ?
*mild spoilers ahead *

ur clothes will come back ,
and kail sama will help u get back ...
ust dnt act brashly ...
Aug 23, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
Holy guacamole this is dirty (and a tad sexual assault-y). Is this really for teens? IDK man.
This was interesting and I enjoyed it.... though I could have had Yuri cry a little less. It was an unique idea and I want to read the next one
Rhina Luu
May 28, 2017 Rhina Luu rated it it was amazing
I have three manga that I think everyone need to read if you are a shoujo fan.
1. Red River
2. Tokyo Crazy Paradise
3. Basara
Are these the shoujo-ist mangas? Hell nah! And that is why people need to read them.
Anyway, this one is just so full of manga and angst. It leaves me with the BIGGEST book-hangover ever. Fair warning: The female character is kinda weak in the beginning. I'm talking crying all the time and almost got rape kind of weak. It is understandable, but if it
Jessie H.
3.5/5 Stars

This volume has intrigued me. This story is a portal fantasy from modern day into a historical fiction setting. There's magic and what looks to be the set up for a romance. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in the series.
May 03, 2017 Alyssa rated it liked it
3.75 stars. Pretty art, interesting setting. Fun read but I'm not completely hooked yet. A little more of the story will probably help with that. But teenage me would probably have been obsessed already!
Ayodya Rathnayaka
Jan 01, 2017 Ayodya Rathnayaka rated it it was amazing
Just to let you know, I'm reviewing this as all 28 volumes :P

Now, on with the basic desciption. Suzuki Yuri is magically transported to Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire ( Ancient Turkey ). She was summoned by the Queen/Tawananna who wished to use her as a human sacrifice to complete a ritual to ensure that her son, Juda Haspasrupri, would get the throne. Yuri is saved by Kail Mursili II, third prince in line to the throne as she is being chased by the Queen's guards. He gives her a kis
Jun 26, 2012 Hina rated it it was amazing
Just to let you know, I'm reviewing this as all 28 volumes :P

Now, on with the basic desciption. Suzuki Yuri is magically transported to Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire ( Ancient Turkey ). She was summoned by the Queen/Tawananna who wished to use her as a human sacrifice to complete a ritual to ensure that her son, Juda Haspasrupri, would get the throne. Yuri is saved by Kail Mursili II, third prince in line to the throne as she is being chased by the Queen's guards. He gives her a kis
May 29, 2012 Bianca rated it really liked it
*Originally reviewed on Pages Of Forbidden Love

Finally, after saying I am going to try to read some manga for months I have finally picked one up. I had no idea where to start or even what I would like but my cousin gave me a huge list of the manga she likes to read but I tried to put a couple on hold and there were hundreds of people ahead of me (who would have known). Instead of waiting forever I just decided to see what my library had (which wasn’t much) and found this one. Okay so I wasn’t t
Apr 06, 2013 Kereesa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Shojo Fans/Fans of Inuyasha
Recommended to Kereesa by: Jay, through Nic
When I first started Red River, I thought it was going to be like another certain time traveling manga/anime series I follow.


But Red River ended up being very different from Inuyasha, and focused more on both historical accuracy and the romance angle between Yuri and Kail. Its setting is also in the Hittite Empire, a place I know NOTHING about, and I respect the dedication done throughout the series, so far, to keeping it mostly accurate to that time.

(That being said, I don't know much
Red River, also known as Anatolia Story, is a tale about a girl. Yuri lived pretty normally for a Japanese girl right before the start of the 20th century. But strange things started to happen when she was near water.

In the grand Hittite Empire, who, despite it's power as great as even Egypt near its height, is often forgotten as history passes. But within this empire, as with many before and after, a queen wishes to gain power. Her son is the youngest of those in line for the throne, and the ki
Jul 22, 2015 Mmmhhmm rated it really liked it
This book is a guilty pleasure. It's not so much like, it's so bad it's good, type of books. I know it has it problems, but I love this damn series all the same.

First of all, this is the very first time I've read a time traveling book which sends their main character well over 2000 years into the past instead of somewhere more "romantic." lemme tell you, I'm sick and tired of reading people falling into Victorian England, civil war era America or medieval times. Having someone travel to the bro
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She-Geeks: Red River by Chie Shinohara 11 28 Jul 29, 2013 05:53AM  
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Chie Shinohara (篠原千絵 Shinohara Chie, born February 15) is an award winning Japanese manga artist best-known for Red River, known in Japan as Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori: Anatolia Story. She has twice received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo, in 1987 for Yami no Purple Eye and in 2001 for Red River.
Aside from her comics work, she has also written several prose novels. She has published the six
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