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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, as well as painting the character selection portraits for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
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.
A little known fact is that Ishiwatari, back before 2001, worked for the company SNK, and was one of the main developers of the Last Blade series. 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.