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He is best known for creating the 2D fighting game series, Guilty Gear. He designed the characters and storyline, and wrote the music. He also provides the in-game voice for the characters Sol Badguy and Order-Sol, as well as Freed Velez in Battle Fantasia.
Ishiwatari worked with Arc System works on the first Guilty Gear as soon as he left school. Recently, Daisuke, along with Yoshihiro Kusano, also wrote the music for BlazBlue.
More recently, Ishiwatari composed for Hard Corps: Uprising.
Daisuke Ishiwatari is also noted as being a composer in the metal and rock genres. His compositions, found in his signature series, Guilty Gear, feature no lyrics, but intricate guitar work, as do his compositions found in BlazBlue. The albums Guilty Gear XX: L.A. Vocal Edition and Guilty Gear XX: N.Y. Vocal Edition include vocals for selected songs, as do three albums in Japanese by the band Lapis Lazuli.
Queen is known as his favorite band.
An often-peddled rumor is that Ishiwatari-san worked on the The Last Blade series (due to a credit listing a "Daisuke"). However, The Last Blade was released in 1997 while Ishiwatari-san was already a designer at ARC System Works by 1995. Some of Ishiwatari and Arc System Works' projects have added nods to SNK at some points, such as possible cameos of the Fatal Fury cast in Axl Low's stage in the first Guilty Gear game, Order-Sol's Dragon Install: Sakkai attack being similar to the Deadly Rave, and Hakumen's Drive attacks acting similar to Last Blade's Repel System in BlazBlue.