Naoto Saki is a typical young boy. He gets average grades in school, and nothing about him really stands out. His favorite thing to do is sleep - which doesn't exactly endear him to his teachers when he dozes off in class. Whenever he falls asleep, Naoto dreams of the same fantasy world. Then one day, Naoto gets magically summoned into the very world he had once only seen in dreams! All at once, he's caught up in a battle between the powerful beings called Elphis, and a group of human-like beings called the Sand Dusts. For Naoto, this desert world of Orgos is no longer a dream-he can feel pain here, and possibly even die. He decides he'd rather not risk his life, and would like nothing more than to return home. But the pretty sorceress who summoned him in the first place has other plans for him.
I liked it starting from the first site on: Even through the art of this manga might look simple at first, the power is especially in fighting scenes coming out perfectly and for every situation pretty well fitting. A little bad point at first: you may have to read it 2 or 3 times before you really get the story, but after all, it really makes scence. Different to many mangas mostly showing fights, the faces are full of emotions and are everytime reflecting very well the characters speaches and thoughts. And that's also the really best point of it: the characters. Every single one
is perfectly interduced, with his detailed history and all parts of his character, likes, dislikes and while at others just the main figures are totally showed, here even smaller roles are fully shown and reflected, why they act like they do. Also awesome is how the characters are linked with each other: there are no ones who aren't somehow linked with at least 1 or 2 of the others what makes it a very complex thing. While reading the manga, you'll flow everytime with the emotions of the characters. i actually cried, especially at the end of volume 5. the sad but also the happy scenes come over so perfectly that it's impossible not to feel with the characters and it's everytime amazing how the author makes it possible to make everytime when you think you got all the mysterious things to come up with something new. I wasn't able to put it out of my hand before finishing it, while i have to say that there is a big whole between the first 2 and the other 3 volumes: the first two are like a typical adventure and relatively light. the other three are totally different, and also the main story does fully start first in volume 3. but that's not bad, after all it is also a good point for the manga: it isn't all the same and brings a lot of fun.
i can really recommend this manga to everyone who wants to read a good story combining shojo and action in a perfect way.
Desert Coral is a unusual manga, action-based but with few fights. At the beginning it might get boring, specially through volume two, but as you read on you find it will become more and more interesting and exciting. The story might be hard to get, but if you re-read it it should all become clear.