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Also known as "Coponicus no Kokyuu" and "Breath of Copernicus," this 2002 {{manga}} by Creator/AsumikoNakamura is an interesting one. Set in a [[GayParee Parisian]] circus in TheSeventies, this manga has anything but a happy carnival feel.

The main character "Bird's Nest" is an ex-trapeze artist gone clown after the falling death of his younger brother, who may or not be a ghost following his every move. Under the control of a ring master [[spoiler:who pimps out his performers]], a burning desire to both escape the circus life and get back on the trapeze, a terminal case of angst, and the hypnotic and trippy atmosphere of the circus tent, it's a wonder Bird's Nest isn't more crazy than he proves himself to be in this unique, dizzying, and raw story.
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!!Tropes for this Manga include:

* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Michel and Coco.]]
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Mina]] lets herself fall from the trapeze so that she will no longer have to [[spoiler:work as a prostitute]]. She does not die from the fall, however, and goes on to [[spoiler:teach at a circus and trapeze school]].
* CircusOfFear
* CircusBrat: Bird's Nest and his brother Michel were both born and raised in a traveling circus.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Mina and Coco both attempt suicide.]]
* DrugsAreBad: [[spoiler:Michel]] isn't pleased when he finds [[spoiler:Bird's Nest]]'s stash of what appears to be acid.
* FunctionalAddict: [[spoiler:Bird's Nest]] uses them so he does not envision [[spoiler:his dead brother]].
* FreakOut
* ImaginaryFriend
** NotSoImaginaryFriend
* IncestSubtext: It is heavily implied to have been the case between [[spoiler:Bird's Nest and Michel]].
* IntimatePsychotherapy: The basis of Bird's Nest and Michel's relationship, specially whenever [[spoiler:Bird's Nest has FreakOut[=s=] when he remembers his brother's death]].
* LoveHurts
* SlapSlapKiss
* SanitySlippage
* RagingStiffie
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