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 cenRed 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 king is aging. This queen decides to also use her power as a priestess to summon someone whose blood can be sacrificed to place her son on the throne. With her powers over water, she drags a girl from right before the 20th century, placing her in the middle of Ancient Anatolia.
Yuri must now attempt to escape the clutches of the current queen, but to do so she gets caught up in the history of an Ancient Empire and those civilizations surrounding it. Due to her exotic appearance and knowledge of things beyond her time, as well as an unrefined and dormant charisma, this girl gets mistaken for many things, even the goddess Ishtar. Now under the servitude of another prince, how shall she fare in a forgotten, bygone place, whose most powerful woman desires her running blood?
An interesting story with a unique setting that was the first thing to grab my attention. As a history student, really anything involving Anatolia piques my interest from the sheer fact that it's such a rare backdrop for much of anything. These were powerful civilizations, and using the Hittites, a group that was truly forgotten until recent uncovering, was really what forced my inner historian to start reading up on this. (The people who sacked Babylon. The people who's power rivaled Egypt. The civilization who had iron during the height of the Bronze Age. They're in the Bible and people didn't even know of it's existence until recently!) So of course, this proves to be a setting you don't normally see. Also the character of Yuri, from what I have seen with the series thus far, has proven herself to be quite a strong character. She might start off as a damsel in distress, but later on she really evolves into something powerful, and she may have even had influence form the real life queen Puduhepa....more
Those who know the stories of the great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes might be interested to see who resides on the other side of the law. ArseThose who know the stories of the great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes might be interested to see who resides on the other side of the law. Arsene Lupin, a name known throughout France for he is the extraordinary Gentleman-Thief, and the first to spawn the trope. Brilliant intelligence, class, charm, a bit of a weakness for a pretty girl, and is known for never leaving a trace behind, save for perhaps a calling card. Elaborate plots and despite his taste for grandeur, a very interesting in that he doesn't steal things blindly. Authenticity in the objects counts! One can never know for sure who Lupin is in each tale. Is he the narrator? The detective's assistant? Or even the victim? Lupin is a Sherlock Holmes of the criminal world, minus some of the eccentricities and, honestly, is more of an anti-villian, willing to take on foes many times more malevolent than he. Unique for it's time, being crime fiction occurring on the other side of the law, with a more romanticized french taste to boot. Although the adventures he has are very episodic, each has a say to the character and charm of titular burglar. ...more
Hark! a Vagrant started as a webcomic by Kate Beaton, updated on her website. Although there are many strips about history, literature, and fat poniesHark! a Vagrant started as a webcomic by Kate Beaton, updated on her website. Although there are many strips about history, literature, and fat ponies, is a wide variety of topics she draws about. Plus, if you don't understand stuff about history, many of the jokes are still entertaining! I first heard of Kate Beaton by running across her webcomic by accident, and I'm glad I did! They are quality comics, being funny, don't waste too much time in webcomic format, have an interesting art style, etc. The fact that history is a main topic is also a plus, seeing as I am a pretty big history nerd. I also really enjoy the art style. It's not some overwhelmingly beautiful thing with an extreme amount of costume and scenery porn, making one's eyes bleed from sensory overlode, which many people tend to make as a goal. It also is not extremely cutsy style that tastes like diabeties nor is it filled with stick figures that don't even have faces. There is a quality of its own, simple, and although some may say it is badly drawn, I like it, and that's my opinion as an advanced art student....more