The Japanese R&B duo Chemistry announced on Sunday that they are putting their collaboration on hiatus so the two members can pursue solo careers. Kaname Kawabata and Yoshikuni Dochin posted separate messages on their website to make the announcement.
The two thanked their fans for supporting them for the past 11 years. Kawabata noted that with their recently concluded Trinity tour, they were able to fulfill a promise to perform at Sendai. (Last year's concert in Sendai was cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster.) Dochin added that he embarking on a solo career, in order to open the door to new music that can best be pursued by himself.
Chemistry performed several theme songs for anime, including "Period” for the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television series and “merry-go-round” for the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn original video anime series. Other contributions include Astro Boy's "Now or Never" (with m-flo), Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny's "Wings Of Words," Toward the Terra's "This Night," and Antique Bakery's "Life goes on~side K~" and "Life goes on~side D~." Yoshikuni Dōchin and Kaname Kawabata debuted as Chemistry in 2001 with three consecutive #1 singles ("Pieces of a Dream," "Point of No Return," "You Go Your Way"); the two celebrated their 10th anniversary last year with the album Chemistry 2001-2011.
Chemistry had just performed at Otakon in Maryland last July.