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Also known as "Coponicus no Kokyuu" and "Breath of Copernicus", this 2002 manga by Nakamura Asumiko 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:

* {{Brother Sister Incest}}: [[spoiler: Michel]] and [[spoiler: Coco]].
* {{Bungled Suicide}}: [[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]].
* {{Circus of Fear}}
* {{Circus Brat}}: Bird's Nest and his brother Michel were both born and raised in a traveling circus.
* {{Driven to Suicide}}: [[spoiler: Mina]] and [[spoiler: Coco]] both attempt suicide.
* {{Drugs are Bad}}: [[spoiler: Michel]] isn't pleased when he finds [[spoiler: Bird's Nest]]'s stash of what appears to be acid.
* {{Functional Addict}}: [[spoiler: Bird's Nest]] uses them so he does not envision [[spoiler: his dead brother]].
* {{Freak Out}}
* {{Imaginary Friend}}
** {{Not So Imaginary Friend}}
* {{Incest Subtext}}: It is heavily implied to have been the case between [[spoiler: Bird's Nest]] and [[spoiler: Michel]].
* {{Intimate Psychotherapy}}: The basis of Bird's Nest and Michel's relationship, specially whenever [[spoiler: Bird's Nest has {{Freak Out}}s when he remembers his brother's death.]]
* {{Love Hurts}}
* {{Slap Slap Kiss}}
* {{Sanity Slippage}}
* {{Raging Stiffie}}
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