Who is Harmonia bloom Hagumi Hanamoto?
Harmonia bloom is an original doll series by Good Smile Company (GSC).
GSC is best known as the mega manufacturer of hobby & figure products.
In 2016, they decided to venture into the doll market.
They plan to offer 2 lines within the Harmonia bloom series an:
- Original line and a
- Character doll line
Harmonia bloom Hagumi Hanamoto (Hagu) is the 1st doll from the character doll line.
She’s the main character from the popular manga/anime series Honey & Clover.
I Like Hagu’s
Bright eyed, shy expression - I’m surprised by how much I like Hagu’s expression and facial details.
Most of my girls have a beautiful big smile across their face.
While Hagu has a shy, curious, open mouth expression.
The designers did a great job with her face-up.
She has the right amount of blush on her cheeks, makeup around her eyes and color on her lips.
And as for her open mouth . . . I’ll be honest, there are some dolls with open mouths who creep me out! Sorry can’t help it. Shivers run down my spine every time I see them.
But Hagu is among the few dolls who I actually find adorable with this type of mouth.
And if you angle her the right way you can see her teeth which are cute too.
Curvy hips and full thighs - Again I'm surprised, this time by the curves on the Harmonia bloom doll.
Majority of my dolls have slender hips and thighs.
Harmonia’s curves make her an unique addition to my dolly family.
I appreciate the designers' choice to go with full hips & thighs on a 22.5 cm doll.
I’m impressed & delighted.
Ease of customization - It is ridiculously easy to customize the Harmonia bloom doll.
Her wig is not glued so you can quickly remove the original wig and replace it with another wig.
To get to her eye mechanism, you don't have to remove any screws.
You simply tug on the back part of her head and off it comes!
Inside is an eye mechanism and it’s insanely simple to remove.
Unscrew a knob, remove the mechanism and out comes both eyes.
Reverse the steps to insert the new eyes.
The ease of removing the head part & changing the eyes, are the most awesome features of the Harmona bloom doll.
It seems this type of head design is similar to BJDs. Cool!
I don’t customize my dolls because it seemed too challenging.
You have the removal of the glued wig then the removal of all screws from the back of the head and all the parts in the inside . . . .
I was afraid I’d break the doll in the process.
But Hagu has shown me a different easy, side of customization.
And she’s planted the seeds for me to give customization a try . . . someday.
Love Extras: Hagu came with a stand, a pair of heeled feet, 2 flower hair clips and a manual (written in English & Japanese)
What I Dislike About Hagu
Hagu has the softest wig I’ve ever touched on a doll’s head.
I would touch her hair all day if I could.
Having said that, I have 2 issues with Hagu’s wig.
My 1st issue deals with how to put it on.
Unlike the other dolls in my collection, Hagu’s wig is not glued/rooted to her head.
She did arrive with the wig attached to her head.
But once I removed the wig netting, the wig popped right off.
Not a problem.
I got this!
Or at least that’s what I thought.
Boy, was I wrong.
Every time I placed the wig on her head it popped off!
There were times, when I somehow managed to get the wig on.
But that didn't last long.
The wig would slip off again while placing Hagu on my desk or in her chair.
I kept thinking to myself, "I must be doing something wrong. What am I missing?"
So, I hit up Google, and researched how to put on a doll’s wig.
And I found a nice tutorial by Parabox.
They made it look easy. My confidence returned.
So I gave the Parabox method a try.
Yes, I got the wig on . . . pop!, it goes again.
Frustrated and defeated, it was time to go straight to the source, GSC.
They wrote back and provided me with a tip on how to place the wig on Hagu’s head.
By using GSC's method, Hagu's wig stayed put but eventually popped off again.
From this wig ordeal, I learned that other doll wigs have some room for adjustments.
Like moving the wig forward, backwards, right or left.
Hagu’s wig has very little room for adjustments.
You only have enough wiggle room to adjust it right or left.
According to one BJD collector,
Hmm, that’s not the case with GSC’s Hagu wig.
I plan to buy her a new wig in 2019 but I'm liking her without it though.
My 2nd wig issue deals with how wild & unruly the wig becomes.
The moment I removed her wig netting, the strands of hair began to fly.
I’m no stranger to messy dolly wigs but this is my first doll with large curls.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Hagu’s wig will look like in a couple of months.
No need to wait and see. I'm not touching her original wig again.
And the final thing I dislike about Hagu is how easy her arms pop from their socket.
Again I’m no stranger to dollies losing an important body part but still . . . .
No matter how many times it happens, it always surprises me to look down at my doll & discover a missing limb.
I'm not a rough dolly parent but it made no difference how gentle I was with Hagu, her arms continued to pop off.
It was like they were taking turns jumping out of the socket.
Pop, there goes the right arm.
Pop, there goes the left arm.
It was so frustrating.
But my frustration didn't stop there.
It continued while I struggled in putting the arms back on.
With Azone or Pullip I can feel & wiggle the arm back into the hole, without having to undress the doll.
With Hagu, I had to partially undress her to see the armhole.
And this added to my frustration because getting Hagu undress, isn't an entirely easy process.
The closure in the back of her dress are sooo tiny.
I can unbutton the dress & shirt with ease but redressing her was an issue.
Trying to get those tiny elastic bands around the even tinier buttons . . . was irritating. Thank goodness for tweezers.
Oh, the joys of being a dolly owner.
You get to fix all kinds of dolly boo-boos.
I like Hagu.
She’s very nice to me.
While the other taller girls/boys are always too busy to play, Hagu always has time for me.
She’s so sweet. I’m glad she’s a part of our dolly family
GSC has a lot of great things going for their Harmonia bloom doll.
And Hagumi Hanamoto is lovely.
Yet, I struggle with my final thoughts about the doll.
I don’t regret adding her to my dolly family.
I guess my issue is, will I add another one to my collection?
With other dolls, it’s an undoubtedly yes . . . with Harmonia bloom I’m unsure.
And that’s so strange to write because I have such a weakness for dolls.
It’s hard for me to say no to them.
For now, all I can say with certainty is that I look forward to watching GSC develop this series.
If you would like to welcome home GSC’s Harmonia bloom Hagumi Hanamoto, you may find her at the following shop:
Want more of Harmonia bloom? Checkout GSC’s Shihop’s review & maintenance post here. (in Japanese)
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What About You?
Do you own GSC’s 1st doll, Hagumi Hanamoto?
What do you like about her?
What do you dislike about her?
If you’ve passed on this doll what was one of the reasons? (price, didn’t like the face, etc)
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