Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Date Of Birth: Dec 26, 1976
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Popularity: 106th All Time, 153rd This Week

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Interests/Skills: Singing, reading music, playing drums and guitar, swimming, skiing (cross country and powder), horseback riding (Western), skating (ice and roller), baseball, football, hockey, sailing, tennis, billiards, bowling, basketball, soccer, hacky sack.

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Bands: Tool, Perfect Circle

Likes to appease Yaoi fangirls in various ways like flirting with Kirby Morrow.

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Darkness Dragon
said at 2:59 PM on Sat Jul 16 2016
He is one of my favorite voice actors
Light and Quatre are my favorite roles
He was also great as Gohan,Maxwell,Nightcrawler, and Rock.
I too would love to see Brad in more Anime,but I guess it's not likely since there are so many companies in America handling dubs. I would also just like to see him in more stuff period . I heard he had a minor role in the ratchet and Clank movie
Dark Kuja
said at 4:34 AM on Sun May 29 2016
This man should be the voice of Marth.
Jerico
said at 8:04 PM on Sat Apr 30 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Shoutout if Brad,Scott,Kirby,and Lisa should do more Anime.
mweloo
said at 6:11 AM on Sun May 1 2016
@Jerico

A second shoutout for Willow Johnson and Matthew Erickson.

Actually, Canadian voice actors (yes, even, the ones currently keeping themselves busy with prelay work) in general should do more anime; the bulk of their work seems to be from domestic animation these days. I miss hearing most of these guys in dramatic roles, and I wouldn't mind hearing newcomers like Kazumi Evans take a stab at the medium, either.
mweloo
said at 6:28 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I find it ironic (and a little puzzling) that he's been in nearly every major Vancouver anime dub (Inuyasha and Nana being exceptions- but even then Nana's nowhere in the league of Gundam, Death Note or Black Lagoon)- but gets so little work in the field of prelay.

Hopefully Ocean will get to dub a major title again. And we'll see the mighty trio of Swaile, Morrow and Vincent in anime in the near future.
nikipotamus
said at 6:45 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
@mweloo He WAS in Inuyasha- though, if I remember correctly, it was a rather minor part.

That said, I agree with you. His reduced presence in the Vancouver VO scene is something I find rather baffling.
mweloo
said at 7:38 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
@mweloo I actually wanted to write Escaflowne, but wrote Inuyasha because I was binge-watching The Final Arc when I typed that out. Thanks for the correction, anyway.
Domayv
said at 3:41 PM on Sun Mar 13 2016
@mweloo yeah that is an issue with his lack of prelay work (given that Vancouver dubs have essentially dried up), partially because his vocal range isnt as wide a say, Sam Vincent's (most of the Vancouver VAs appearing in prelay today have fairly wider ranges compared to Swaile). But then again look at Andrea Libman. Many people were stunned at how much she really expanded her vocal range thanks to MLP:FiM.

To be fair, Brad has said back in April 2015 that he's voicing about 8 characters (2 of which might have been in B-Daman), but he can't explicitly say them because NDA.

There is the possibility that he could appear in games should that SAG-AFTRA strike occur (it's been a while since we talked about it). As for anime dubs, the only way we could see Vancouver get more dubs is if Funi decides to loosen the Broadcast dub load on their own studio by having it do less of them per season and give some (READ: completely new without a preexisting cast) to Vancouver instead.
Dr.Who
said at 3:59 PM on Sun Jan 24 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Love him as Lan Hikari and Light Yagami.
HylianBelmont
said at 4:16 AM on Sun Dec 27 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm late on this but Happy Birthday Brad Swaile! loved your performances as Lan Hikari, Rock and Light Yagami!
Domayv
said at 3:39 PM on Sat Dec 26 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday Brad Swaile, the English Mamoru Miyano and Canadian Johnny Yong Bosch!

While he may not have the most flexible of vocal ranges, particuarly compared to the likes of the Dobson brothers, Brian Drummond, Peter New, Andrea Libman (yes she does show range oitside of her usual voice, thanks to MLP: FIM no less), Kathleen Barr, Don Brown, Venus Terzo, Andrew Francis, Colin Murdock, Tabitha St. Germain, Lee Tockar, Scott McNeil and Samuel Vincent, Brad's got good enough performances to make up for that (I would live to see him flex up his range though). He is also among Vancouver's most notable VAs (I would love for him to have a twitter account since many of the other Vancouver VAs do)

Although he has been acting since his late teens, his first true breakout role was Death Note's Light Yagami in 2007. At the same time it was a departure from his usual mold that was the idealistic yet whiny character. He truly fits the righteous knight templar character who uses the powers of the Death Note to kill the evils of the world, only to descend into delusion and let his ego take over him and declare himself as the God of the new world and begin killing anyone who opposes him left and right (a true example of how dangerous a Caligula archetype character can be), ultimately being being caught by the police and exposed as Kira, the very person whom he's manipulating the police to catch. In addition, his contrast with L also creates one of the greatest rivalries in anime and manga. But where he truly shines and owns the show is in the final episodes, where he gets a massive villainous breakdown and delivers one of the most harrowing evil laughs ever.

My personal favorite is Black Lagoon's Rock, a former salaryman who joins a band of pirates and descends into moral darkness as he discovers how rotten Roanapur really is.

He also made good performances in the Gundam franchise, having voiced the original protagonist Amuro Ray (though now that Gundam UC is being dubbed in LA, I'll be expecting Johnny Yong Bosch to take him over if Sunrise plans on redubbing the UC series with one uniform cast), Quatre Rabera Winner of Wing, Dearka Elsman and Anuel Neider of SEED (both of whom are also departures from his usual mold since the former is deeper voiced amd not as temperamentap and the latter is just plain crazy), and his greatest performance in the entire franchise, Setsuna F. Seiei, who is his biggest departure from his usual mold, playing the stoic pilot who grew up as a child soldier fighting wars comparable to those in real life. If Sunrise ever wants to give some Gundam dubs to Vancouver then Brad should get at least one role.

Other noteworthy performances include Son Gohan (older) of the Ocean dub of DBZ (and Im expecting him to voice him in the future Ocean dub if DBZ Kai, as well as Android 19 due to Todd Haberkorn), Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner from X-Men: Evolution, Brent Ernst/Slappy from Dead Rising 2, Jin Kazama from Street Fighter X Tekken (and I hope he reprises for Tekken 7), Ace from My Little Pony Tales, Harry Champ from Zoids New Century Zero, Takeshi Tomoe from Projects ARMS, and Keisaku Sato from Shakugan no Shana (especially when compared to Greg Ayres's version -sticks two middle fingers at Greg's version-).

My least favourite role from his is Transformers Energon's Kicker Jones, so much that he himself regretted that role. It's a shame since he could have done a good performance but it became wasted potential, just like that series. If Hasbro ever decides to give another series to Vancouver (-crosses fingers for a miniseries based off War For Cybertron and the cancelled TransTech series that will bridge G1 and the Aligned Continuity as one), Brad should get another shot at it. More likely I would like to see him appear in MLP:FIM or Dinotrux or Max Steel 2013 if they get another season.

If Funimation ever wants to branch out on their Broadcast Dubs venture (they have been thinking about it because their own studio cant contain all that forever lest they expand, which could be costly) then they should consider Vancouver a potential location to use, especially since the USD/CAD ratio is in the USD's favor (plus its cheaper than LA) and that Canada could get more games on its plate should the SAG-AFTRA strike happen, increasing Canada's demand for voiceover projects further (and thus increase the likeliness thay Brad could land a role)
Autovolt
said at 2:31 PM on Sat Dec 26 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Brad Swaile!

A true tour-de-force in the field of voice acting, not only is he one of the strongest performers in the entire Vancouver talent pool but also one of the greatest voice actors of all-time with an amazing acting range.

His performance as Light Yagami/Kira in Death Note is truly the role of a lifetime, Light being one of the most diabolical villain protagonists in all of anime. He's such a fascinating character, on the surface he's just your ordinary student who is one of Japan's best and brightest but of course he finds the death notebook and discovers he has the power to kill, he becomes a righteous knight templar trying to kill off the evil of the world but he lets his ego go into his head and declares himself the god of the new world, and is caught in a battle of wits with the police who just want to bring him to justice. What makes Light so excellent is that he gets caught up in the investigation and pretends to help the task force to catch Kira, the dynamic Light has with L is one of the greatest rivalries I've ever seen.

I think the best part of Brad's performance as Light was in the final episode. I won't give anything away but he has this emotional villainous breakdown where he gives one of the most chilling evil laughs I've ever heard, the acting in the final episode is phenomenal and Brad steals the show...which is technically his but still. It's because of this and so much more that Death Note is my favourite English dub of any anime.

A close runner up for second place would be his performance as Rokuro "Rock" Okajima in Black Lagoon, playing a fish out of water salaryman who joins up with the Black Lagoon delivery company and his sense of morality slowly begins to get darker and more cynical as he sees just how dark and rotten the underworld really is.

He also is fantastic in The Gundam Franchise having voiced so many major characters in the entire franchise including the original protagonist Amuro Ray, as well as Quatre Raberba Winner, Dearka Elsman, Auel Neider, (both of which appeared in the same series SEED Destiny) and my personal favourite role of his in Gundam Setsuna F. Seiei, who is such a radical departure from his usual roles (yes even Light) playing a gruff, stoic former child soldier. It was a really gutsy casting choice that I thought payed off in the end, he almost wasn't even cast as Setsuna because he had done the other roles before him but he won the producers over with his performance and I'm glad he did. I hope Brad gets more oppurunities in the Gundam franchise in the future either as the villain or the Char clone.

I also loved his performances as Lan Hikari, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Takeshi Tomoe, Son Gohan (Teen/Adult), Keisaku Sato, Maxwell, Nobunaga and Jin Kazama.

His performance as Kicker in Transformers Energon is my least favourite of his which is a shame since not only do I love Transformers but so does Brad Swaile too, I think he deserves another Transformer role because I know he can truly deliver a fantastic performance.
tmnisaac
said at 8:13 AM on Sat Dec 26 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Lan Hikari, Mousse from Ranma 1/2, Rokuro "Rock" Okajima, and Setsuna F. Seiei.
Jerico
said at 9:15 AM on Sat Nov 28 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Brad Swaile is justice!
Jared Delgado
said at 11:42 AM on Mon Aug 24 2015
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After watching half of the anime "Parasyte; the Maxin", I thought that Brad should have a shot at voicing Izumi Shinichi. What do you guys think?
Domayv
said at 12:44 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@Jared Delgado it's being dubbed in Houston, so not really. I could see Chris Patton do Izumi though.
Kristo-Ham
said at 10:30 AM on Mon Jul 6 2015
I like his voice for Maxwell from Hamtaro. A sound clip of that should be added. How do I add a sound clip? Or can only moderators do that?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:58 PM on Mon Jul 6 2015
@Kristo-Ham Yeah, only mods/admins can add content to the site.
Jerico
said at 10:47 PM on Tue Jun 30 2015
Brad Swaile did say he was going to do anime project soon since ai watched a video of him in an interview at Ohayocon on YouTube.
Domayv
said at 1:01 AM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Jerico that project is B-Daman Firebast and some other project (Brad mentioned at that same convention that he's voicing as much as 8 characters, and 2 have been voiced by him in Fireblast, so the other 6 would come from some other series).
Jerico
said at 10:45 PM on Tue Jun 30 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Brad Swaile is one of my top 2 #1 favorite Canadian voice actors along with Tabitha St. Germain!
SNaG
said at 12:44 PM on Sat Jun 20 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
One of the best, yet least prolific, male voice actors. I would love to hear him more often. He should come around to LA if he wants to continue voice acting; he would be guaranteed to be in everything.
Domayv
said at 1:33 AM on Sun Jun 21 2015
@SNaG I guess, but he has as much as 5 LA equivalents to fill in his niches: Dave Wittenberg, Orion Acaba, Erik Kimerer, Todd Haberkorn and Johnny Yong Bosch.
SNaG
said at 6:20 PM on Thu Nov 12 2015
@Domayv Orion and Dave don't do too much anime work these days, and I think a lot of people are getting tired of JYB being in everything.
Domayv
said at 7:00 PM on Thu Nov 12 2015
@SNaG Orion's fairly new in Voice acting in general, having begun in the late 2000s. Also, he has done a handful of J-games so he will eventually be inclined to land in some more anime dubs in the future. Just look at Benjamin Diskin for instance.

In the case of Dave Wittenberg, he now does mostly prelay work and western games since the anime recession pretty much killed off his interest in anime and J-game dubs in general, plus there's the fact that he's union-only actor, and anime and J-games are largely nonunion (they also pay less compared to prelay and western games). In the dubbing community, he has now been succeeded by Grant George, Orion Acaba (Dave's closest successor), Sam Riegel, Erik Kimerer (I can describe him as a mixture of Johnny Yong Bosch and Spike Spencer) and Johnny Yong Bosch.

What I'm meaning to say is that if Brad Swaile were to go to LA for voiceover opportunities, not just for dubs but also prelay and western games, he would face fairly stiff competition. In the dubbing world, he would end up competing against Todd Haberkorn, Erik Kimerer and Johnny Yong Bosch. Prelay and western games are even tougher, as he would face competition from even more VAs, such as Yuri Lowenthal and Nolan North.
Jared Delgado
said at 5:23 AM on Fri Nov 13 2015
@Domayv So you're saying that all Brad can do is play it safe. Correct?
Domayv
said at 1:48 PM on Fri Nov 13 2015
@Jared Delgado as of, kind off. plus with that inminent sag aftra strike against the game industry resulting in more games to Vancouver and others and less to LA, Brad could get some video games on his portfolio
4xNicholas
said at 5:15 PM on Tue Jun 9 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
HE IS LIGHT YAGAMI
Jerico
said at 1:22 AM on Thu Jun 4 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
I have got to meet Brad Swaile someday. He's one of my most faves!
flamespeedy
said at 4:28 PM on Mon May 11 2015
I think that couldn't have found someone better to pull of Light Yagami's voice. The emotion you put into Light was amazing!
OmegaRider99
said at 7:38 PM on Fri Dec 26 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Brad Swaile I like best Lan Hikari from Megaman NT Warrior
Fulgore2005
said at 2:24 PM on Fri Dec 26 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Brad.

Great work in roles like Light, Amuro, Rock and Jin Kazama.
Metabad
said at 1:23 PM on Fri Dec 26 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Brad Swaile!

Loved your work as Lan and Gohan.
Jared Delgado
said at 4:20 AM on Fri Dec 26 2014
Happy Birthday, Brad, and thank you for the performances as Light Yagami, Setsuna, Rock, Nightcrawler (awesome german accent) and Harry Champ.
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 12:20 PM on Sun Sep 21 2014
Since I've heard him as Kicker Jones first, I'll go with this comparison: Most of his roles that I've heard (and yes, even adult Gohan) sound like kicker in a way. Otaru Mamiya sounds just like kicker does, no difference at all.
Jared Delgado
said at 4:18 AM on Fri Dec 26 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 Well, to be fair, he's like the Canadian Todd Haberkorn.
Domayv
said at 9:37 PM on Sat May 16 2015
@Jared Delgado Actually, he's more like the Canadian Dave Wittenberg
Jared Delgado
said at 7:06 AM on Tue Sep 9 2014
Does anyone else think that he can make justice for Funimation, on the off-chance that he decides to work there?
Jemz
said at 12:49 PM on Wed May 21 2014
He's great as light and as riuuki from te story of saiunkoku
munsonx4
said at 8:41 PM on Tue Apr 22 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Heard Brad Swaile in Black Lagoon! Freaking Brilliant voice acting performance!
OmegaRider99
said at 12:30 PM on Thu Dec 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Brad Swaile
Lan: Ready Megaman Synchro Chip in Download in Crossfusion now
Regomania
said at 1:10 AM on Thu Dec 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Brad!
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:25 PM on Fri Oct 11 2013
Why does Light Yagami not have more votes -_-
Metabad
said at 11:03 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Well at least he's winning.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:58 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
OK now we're talking.

FEEL FREE TO IGNORE THE ORIGINAL POST YOU GUYS
Metabad
said at 5:20 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight ...although I voted for Lan Hikari.

*gets shot by everyone ever*
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:58 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Metabad *pen scribbling sounds*

I kid, I kid. :-P
Torak
said at 6:12 AM on Sat May 4 2013
Light Yagami!!! ^_^
Mayl Sakurai
said at 8:18 PM on Sat Mar 16 2013
 1 Shout Out!
My friend Lan sounds like Sonic, Ash (Sarah Natochenney), and Sonic put together.
OmegaRider99
said at 12:15 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
Happy Birthday Brad Swaile ^_^
Arctictigress
said at 6:42 PM on Thu Sep 13 2012
I love how his voice can be whiney and innocent sounding (Kicker, Quatre, Amuro) and also sexy and sinister (Light, Setsuna)!
OmegaSweet
said at 11:24 PM on Wed Jun 27 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
You... You just rock... There's no other way of putting it... You just. Rock.
akersaotome
said at 8:48 PM on Wed Mar 14 2012
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I can see some new convention line requests material for Brad to be asked. Wouldn't surprise me if they were, "I shall show you fear...out of my way!" and asked to confess his love for Ling Xiaoyu. Poor Brad.
Madness Abe
said at 12:54 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
Happy Birthday, Brad!
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Who's your favorite Brad Swaile role? *
Light Yagami / Kira
54.9% (62 votes)
Rokuro "Rock" Okajima
15.0% (17 votes)
Amuro Ray
6.2% (7 votes)
Lan Hikari
5.3% (6 votes)
Jin Kazama
3.5% (4 votes)
Setsuna F. Seiei
3.5% (4 votes)
Gohan Son (Older)
2.7% (3 votes)
Nightcrawler / Kurt Wagner
1.8% (2 votes)
Noppo-kun / Maxwell
0.9% (1 vote)
Kimba (Young)
0.9% (1 vote)
Quatre Raberba Winner
0.9% (1 vote)
Ace
0.9% (1 vote)
Morrie
0.9% (1 vote)
Kicker
0.9% (1 vote)
Sai Fujiwara
0.9% (1 vote)
Brent Ernst / Slappy
0.9% (1 vote)
113 Total Votes
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