Monday, 5 June 2017

Manga Review: Red River by Chie Shinohara

Title: Red River
Original Title: Anatolia Story
Author: Chie Shinohara
Artist: Chie Shinohara

Year of Release: 1995
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Mature, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 96
Volumes & Chapters: 

28 Volumes in Total


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!

My Thoughts

Review covers 96 chapters 

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 review. I remember the 3rd time I was reading it, that was during the conference in April 2016, I even bailed on my teammates' party just so I could experience it once again. So, what's so interesting about it?

If this was a video review, I believe I would be talking for at least an hour, but as you have to read it, I'll try to keep it as short as possible, but no promises here. First of all, keep in mind that the story started releasing in 1995 and it was ongoing for a couple of years, well, there are around 28 volumes. Therefore, don't ignore it, if you do not like the art, in the beginning, you'll get used to it. I loved it a lot! There were moments when I wished the author didn't know how to drew dead bodies. But I'm going on the topic right now. The story follows a 16-year-old Japanese girl - Yuri. The opening pages are great, and you wonder if the story will happen "now", but hat's where I'm going to disappoint you, or maybe elate you. Due to some circumstances, Yuri is dragged into the past, specifically in 12 B.C. into Hatti era. In the very beginning, I didn't add everything together, because I learned Hattie's under a bit different name in my history class. Therefore, if you are a fan of historical romance, tonnes of action and battles, politics and court intrigues, get ready for a fantastic rollercoaster called - Red River!

Here's another thing you should know, in essence, this was the initial story that made me crave historical romance. It was the reason I read Legend of Basara, Crazy Girl Shin Bia and Legend of Nereid. But let's get back to the story, you can always read the review for others on my blog. As I have mentioned, befoe I have read the story 3 times, and I'm pretty sure I will read it once again after some time. Why do I love it so much? It has a strong plot line and fantastic characters. I love reading about storing female characters, and Yuri is just like that! You can argue that she did depend on Kail, but if you look at it, she grew as a character much faster than him. Her charm made even me fall in love with her. My boyfriend is getting jealous, so I'll have to rephrase it. Her wit and her ability to assess the situation very fast made me like her as a character a lot. She has a sense of humour, she's loyal, and she doesn't fear to fight for what she believe is hers. But let me introduce her partner - Kail, sorry I have a selective memory when it comes to his surname. He's a fantastic politician and caring person. Don't get me wrong, but I do make a difference between a politician and person in this story. He falls in love with Yuri unconsciously, and it is a fantastic moment when they finally acknowledge their feelings and overcome most of the barriers on their way to happiness. 

Another character that needs to be mentioned her is Queen Nakia, or for you to better understand our villain, pretty much for the whole story. There were some others too, but it was ultimately the behind all of it. Her reason and goals are quite normal for an ambitious queen as well as for a queen of that era. I didn't quite get why a Tawananna had a second highest position, even if the king had a wife (that's when Yuri goes in Egypt and meets Nefertiti). Yup, we have a lot of famous historical people appearing in the story and trust me you'll never get bored. There's always something on the way of Kail's and Yuri's happiness, in the beginning, it was Yuri's dream to go back to Japan,  it was ... I'm actually trying to spoil the best part of the story! Sorry, for that! I don;t really want that. My hand is writing all by itself without me registering anything... are you ready to plunge into 12 century B.C.? don't forget, it's absolutely different from the 21st century. Get to know, how a person's life can change in a matter of seconds. And how will or characters overcome different problems that will arise on their way to ultimate happiness.

I remember I read somewhere that leaders are born, but without special circumstances, they might never nurture their full potential. I believe it's the same with Yuri, if she didn't come to the past she would have been just another normal person, but she got to experience a lot of traumas both physical and mental, but will she able to overcome them? That's what I will leave for ou to find out! I believe anyone should read this story. It's not only a romance story. It's a story of true leadership and loyalty. Of a single desire and how it could change the course of history! 

I hope you'll find some time to read this fantastic work, I'll be coming down from the ecstasy this story gives me for another couple of days! Enjoy it to its fullest and don't forget to share your thoughts below. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos! Don't miss your net favourite book or manga! Happy reading!




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