Anatolia Story (Red River)

Anatolia Story by Shinohara Chie

Yuri lived the peaceful, average teenage life until Queen Nakia drew Yuri across time and space into the ancient Hittite Empire to use her as a sacrifice! Yuri meets many different friends throughout her journey to find a way home, but when the season of the North Star comes, enabling Prince Kail to send Yuri home, can she make it back, or have her growing feelings for Kail become too much? Check out Anatolia Story to find out! – Mangafox

Well. This is an epic manga, in terms of length and plot strength. It was long but extremely enjoyable, with good steady development and a slight reverse harem going on (although the number of near rape scenes mars this a bit). There were quite a few actual literal harems mentioned as well actually. Also, you may be pleased to hear its tragedy tag does not apply to the main story. And there is some nice steam as well.

Yuri’s a great character to follow, not stupid, not whiny, and a real development is seen in her character and independence, as even Kail mentions near the end. The characterization with the whole Ishtar thing is also pretty cool, and I actually quite enjoyed the palace politics she got mixed up in quite a bit.

Kail is a good ‘un. Strong Play boy priest prince, to stronger loving king, ah hes a character I didn’t hate. Although there was one scene which marred him a bit. Ill leave that for you to guess, or see yourself, but you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Queen Nakia is also quite a cool baddie, and her relationship with Urhi I found quite sweet. She was evil, but human, and had quite the skill for ruining everything. Well done her. The rest of the characters were developed with definite personalities and back stories, and added to what felt like an enjoyable epic tale.

But Im going to come back to the near rape scenes. A LOT of people in the Mangafox forums were whining on about how weak she is in these situations. Ill just say here what I said there- just because she can use a sword and bow and is gymnastic, does not mean she can fight off a guy 4 times her scrawny muscle mass. Thats it.

But yeah the exciting plot lines, action scenes, political intrigue and character development made this an awesome manga, that art was also cool with an 80’s feel. Hey, it may have been published in the 80’s I haven’t checked. The only thing is , that the story somehow felt lacking after all that. The ending was fine, but I thought the story at the end messed it all up. Its a good manga, but as I know all the efforts going to waste anyway when the civilisation goes to pot, it made me a tad depressed, even after a happy ending. Also ramses 2 and that girl also made me depressed.

Anyhoo, i read this two times now, and its still a good manga you can really take a bite out of, I would totally recommend reading it for the journey.
4 1/2 / 5 that extra 1/2 is for the ending, but a great manga overall. I love the clothes. Prewty.


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