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Famous Gamer Imagines Russian Superhero Would ‘Freeze Enemies With Eyes’

© Sputnik / Natalia KupreychenkoLeon Chiro
Leon Chiro - Sputnik International
Italian professional gamer and cosplayer, Leon Chiro, spoke to Sputnik from Moscow Comic Convention about national super heroes, cosplay and his positive outlook on life.

John Higgins converses with fans at the 2016 Moscow Comic Convention. - Sputnik International
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Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume role play. It is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a particular character. Favorite costume sources include manga, anime, comic books, video games, action films and television series.

The fast growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon an important part of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world.

Leon Chiro isn't only the king of cosplay; he also conquers the world of video games, being a professional gamer.

© Sputnik / Natalia KupreychenkoItalian cosplayer Leon Chiro at the Moscow Comic Convention, June 18, 2016
Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro at the Moscow Comic Convention, June 18, 2016 - Sputnik International
Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro at the Moscow Comic Convention, June 18, 2016

Practically all of his cosplays are based on characters of the most popular games: Dante from Devil May Cry, Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat and many others.

In an interview with Sputnik Chiro said that if he had to create a Russian superhero the woman or the guy would be very beautiful or handsome.

“I imagine him or her like a strong gymnast with big muscles with a superpower of freezing their enemies with eyes and bringing ice into vodka,” Chiro said.

Talking about what sort of superpowers French or Italian heroes would have in his imagination, he joked saying, “I was not going to mention a sword in a baguette shape.”

But on a serious note, Chiro said that the French superhero would be able to move the whole stadium to another place because it's a very big mess in Paris these days. A superhero with big arms and big powers would be able to fix the problems that France is facing right now.

“Italian superpowers would be being a real politician; that would be a very big superpower for the Italian superhero. If we had our first real politician, I think,” Chiro said.

© Sputnik / Natalia KupreychenkoLeon Chiro - Professional gamer and cosplayer
Leon Chiro - Professional gamer and cosplayer - Sputnik International
Leon Chiro - Professional gamer and cosplayer

Talking about what superpower he would like to have he said that, “Somehow, today, I became a superhero because the superpower we have in cosplay is making people happy. I think this is one of the superpowers we can have in human life.”

Regarding what message he would like to convey to people through cosplay, Chiro said that he would like people to respect their limits but never to be afraid to exceed them. He said that he think it is important to keep going forward and try something more.

© Sputnik / Natalia KupreychenkoLeon Chiro during Moscow Comic Convention on June 18, 2016
Leon Chiro during Moscow Comic Convention on June 18, 2016 - Sputnik International
Leon Chiro during Moscow Comic Convention on June 18, 2016

For Chiro that is one reason why he loves cosplay. “There's no limit in cosplay, as long as your imagination allows you, you can recreate anything you want.”

“Follow your heart, share everything with your friends, do whatever makes you happy, that's the message I want to convey through my cosplays. The most important thing is to share with people, make them happy and make them smile. This is all about cosplay – magic, friendship, love and sharing everything with people,” Chiro said.

He has been to many conventions around the world and seen a lot of cosplayers. According to him everyone has the same color of blood no matter what color the skin is. It doesn’t matter what the color of hair is (of the wig).

© Sputnik / Natalia KupreychenkoLeon Chiro interview in Moscow
Leon Chiro interview in Moscow - Sputnik International
Leon Chiro interview in Moscow

“In my opinion, cosplay is a universal language that connects soul mates in the whole world.”

Talking about the characters that he recreates and the story behind those characters, Chiro said that one should not choose the character because it is the character that chooses you.

“You shouldn't choose the character, the character is supposed to choose you. You will feel already like a character so you don't have to look at the appearance.”

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