Terrible and very sudden news was announced just an hour ago from D.I.D’s official home page.
After their hiatus back in the winter due to guitarist Satoshi leaving the band, D.I.D announced just two months ago their plans for a strong return. With a special collaboration with Pay Money to my Pain’s PABLO, sponsored lives and even a Two-Man with Arlequin planned, things seemed to be looking up.
However, circumstances have changed.
D.I.D’s Vocalist, Akane, who has been known for his strong and vibrant personality on the stage, has been admitted into a hospital after being diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Because of his condition, Akane will be unable to continue activities with D.I.D for the foreseeable future. And, with Akane’s inability to participate, D.I.D will be going on an indefinite hiatus.
It has not been a secret to fans throughout the years that Akane had fought depression (spoken about through a variety of sources including his twitter and blog). However, the news of Akane’s hospitalization since May has shocked fans and members of D.I.D. According to the official announcement, members of D.I.D have yet to meet with Akane since his hospitalization, and his family has been keeping contact with them in regards to Akane’s well-being.
D.I.D’s remaining three members will continue on their announced two lives, but no further lives will be scheduled. In addition, their new single, “Fatal Error Race” will be canceled due to being unfinished at the time of Akane’s hospitalization.
Shattered-Tranquility’s translators are hard at work to translate member comments. Fans can read D.I.D’s official comment, translated by Shattered-Tranquility’s Ku, below.
We have an important message from D.I.D. to all the fans.
In early May this year, we were contacted by Akane’s family to inform us that Akane was hospitalized for severe bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We will be notified of how things progress after this, but with an extremely high likelihood that he’ll be in and out of the hospital from now on, it seems we cannot anticipate a comeback. At present, the other members of the band have not been allowed to meet with Akane.
We have also been unable to exchange words with Akane directly. Thus, after the end of August, D.I.D. will take an indefinite hiatus.
The currently-planned lives will be performed by the remaining three members: Touma, Shou, and Issei.
Having been unable to finish recording the songs for the June 25th release, “Fatal Error Race,” we would like to suspend its release. We are terribly sorry for being unable to fulfill the hopes of all of our fans.
Akane has always been a person with a lot of high and low moods, but supported by the feeling that his bandmates and fans were with him he had been able to carry out activities up until now. At this time we can feel nothing but a sense of helplessness that it has come to this.
We deeply apologize for causing such great trouble to everyone supporting us and to everyone connected to us. We will do our absolute best to carry out the scheduled lives, conveying the words that Akane spoke even before now: “A D.I.D. with fans and members as one.”
Touma, Shou, Issei
There are many uncertainties about mental illness, particularly illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, Schizophrenia is ” a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior. Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia isn’t a split personality or multiple personality. The word “schizophrenia” does mean “split mind,” but it refers to a disruption of the usual balance of emotions and thinking.”
Bipolar disorder, also known as Manic-Depressive Disorder is considered “mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania.” These events can happen sparingly or at a regularity, and are extremely severe changes in mood.
Both illnesses are treatable through medication and therapy, and while not curative, can be controlled and managed. Individuals suffering from both Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder typically suffer from severe mood swings, depression, and hallucinations. Fans who would like to learn more about Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder can read more through the links to the Mayo Clinic.
As fans may know, it is not common for individuals suffering mental illness in Japan to come forward in regards to their mental illnesses. It came as an enormous shock last month when Lustknot.’s vocalist, Yuki, admitted to suffering from Disassociate Identity Disorder. Mental diseases and disorders are typically considered a family and personal matter in Japan.Those who would like to learn more in regards to mental illness in Japan can look into articles like Tohoku University’s study.
It is important for fans to be understanding and compassionate during this time. Shattered-Tranquility will keep you informed of any changes in regards to Akane’s well-being, and we wish him and D.I.D luck during this hard time.
Source: OHP, Mayo Clinic, Tohoku University