Looking back at Red River (manga)

The funny thing about digging up old series is noticing things that you probably hadn't realised all those years ago. In any case, as I was digging up some images of the Red River manga which I'd read a significant amount of many years ago yet never really finished as part of my response post to Vadim, I noticed something about the main characters... Is that a short Asian girl with tall blonde guy? (What skin colour do Egyptians have anyway..?)

Coloured image from the Red River manga

Well, remind you of anybody? :D