Bad comparison, really. I've seen manly Iplehouse molds with girly faceup who looked like transvestits (no links here, of course). HZ dolls look so masculine because of their mimic, and I see them as fantasy characters only. My Simon was sculpted not only to look like Sephiroth but as an usual man, see this: [link] It highly depends not also on faceup but on sculpt itself, and on personal preferences of the owner. I have a very mixed feelings towards so-called ABJD stylistics. A very few real men wear black eyeliner everyday actually.
I'm so sorry, English is not my 1st language. I mean facial expressions of the most of HZ dolls which are rather stern: a frowning forehead and drooping mouth corners, as example. Their noses are also more protruding in comparison with usual female BJD noses. But their jaw line is too narrow to be masculine, and their forehead is too smooth. This is not my personal opinion, this is a basic anatomy knowledge (if we talk about human-like dolls). That's why I see them as fantasy characters because anatomy of a fantasy specimen may differ from Homo Sapiens anatomy.
HZ's GuHu has a pretty square jaw, especially when compared to the others. He is going be the second HZ I own. Yes, for the most part they have softer features which is why I called mine feminine. But I don't mind at all, I LOVE feminine guys. Does this make me strange?
Nonsense! It's what makes Sephiroth so irresistible, besides, this doll has too much of a square jaw to ever look like a girl, trust me. If I were you I'd give it a shot. You can always remove the make-up and such if you dislike it. He would be the exact replica in doll form with these additions. ;D Hey, what can I say? I'm a HUGE fan girl. My doll has some thick ass eyeliner, (HZ Wang-Ye) and it's default. He looks nothing like a girl. Sure he's feminine, but the make up isn't why, as a matter of fact the makeup just makes him look cool.
Ok, I think I answered to this in a post above. I have my own reasons for customizing my doll this way, I call him not always Sephiroth but Simon too. More, when I sculpted him I made some intentional changes like more prominent jaw so the sculpt itself looks not 100% Sephiroth-y already, please take this into account)))
I honestly did not know. I can see why then. HZs are by far one of the best and hardest to find bjds. Of all the bjd owners I've met, the HZs are always their favorite. A lot of emotion is put into the sculpts and the face-ups are unbelievable. As for them being more fantasy, that is true, but the pointed ears, ect. are actually optional. Honestly, they're right up there with realism to the high quality, regular dolls.
Saying that HZ sculpts are fantasy-like I meant not the pointed ears but facial features and proportions only. I take real men (and women) as a primary base for any comparison with human-like dolls. I live in Europe, my beauty preferences are based on European standards, so this also has its influence on my views.
The anatomy is actually pretty spot on. Their eyes look A LOT bigger in the promos than they do in person, (Make up is what gives this illusion.) And their shoulders are fairly broad. The legs are really the only things out of proportion, but, well, most all bjds have incredibly long legs; human ones included.