Dan Gotanda is a character from the Infinite Stratos anime and light novels.
Dan is a close friend of Ichika Orimura back from their days in middle school.
In the XP4 fics, Dan debuted in the XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries.
In the AWA fics, Dan made his debut in Chapter 2 of All Worlds Alliance Missions - Infinite Stratos as Sasuke Uchiha's local ally and info boker. Dan then later stated that he is officially a student at the AWA.
Dan is a pretty tall young man with brown eyes and a long red hair which he sometimes hung down tied by a bandana. He usually wears casual clothing.
Dan wears a brown long-sleeve shirt over a blue high-collar shirt, light brown pants, black boots and a brown newsboy cap. He ties his hair down in a low ponytail.
A very laid-back person who enjoys playing video games. He thinks Ichika's entry to IS Academy is paradise for him, being surrounded by all the girls there. However, he seems oblivious as to what occurs at the IS Academy.
He is also sharp when it comes to Ichika and the general effect he has on girls, saying that he is extremely dense when knowing about their feelings. He even sympathized with Lingyin for Ichika not knowing her feelings.
When at work, Dan is serious and responsible. Despite his high position, he gets a long well with everyone including Anna whom relies on him, most of the time.
Dan has lately been showing a threatening side of him when he warned Houki, Cecilia and Lingyin.
Dan is originally an info broker for Ichika Orimura, he was later recruited by the Heroes Coalitions for his talent however, he was later promoted as an Executive Officer making him the most reliable staff member after Double D and Minna. He also attends at Vanguard Academy as a student.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries
In Chapter 13, Dan narrated his life before coming to the Heroes Coalitions. He is later seen arriving Inaba where he met the members of the Inaba Investigation Group, he then explain things to them including the Heroes Coalition and after a few conversation, he managed to convince the team to join them. After bringing the team to Neo-City, Anna Maymorie arrives and cried for his help which he quickly complied. After sorting the problem off-screen, he came back for the team and suggested that they meet the current president of the organization.
In Chapter 16, Dan, alongside a few, are seen eating pizza in the mini kitchen at the Training Camp when Chris Pearson and Fabia Sheen joined them. Later, Elise Pearson arrives in the kitchen, he and the others decided to leave the mini kitchen, so Chris and Elise can have a private conversation. After that, Dan and the others came back to the kitchen where Elise announced that she's joining the Heroes Coalitions, he watches the others stop Elise from killing Dan Mandel after the latter made an insulting comment to the former.
In Chapter 22, Dan is seen in the staff room somewhere in the Training Camp standing behind Taco Talberts with a murderous expression.
Dan's fighting capabilities are average at best but seems to have a tight grip when he managed to take off an IS Golem's armor to expose it's core. He also uses a hand gun in battle.
- In the XP4 fics, Dan smokes.
- In the XP4 fics, Dan owns a NSU 601 Motorcycle with a Steib Sidecar.
- In the XP4 fics, Dan, despite sharing the same name as Dan Mandel, no one gets confused in calling them, whenever they're in the same place.
- In the XP4 fics, Dan shares a room with Yuuji Kitao, Terrence Ohno and Taco Talberts.
- Dan's name in kanji means "bullet".
- Dan has a little sister named Ran, whom has a crush on Ichika.
- (to Houki, Cecilia and Lingyin) "Before we go in let me remind you girls, that you girls are thin on ice with us. The reason we accepted you in the Coalition it's because Charlotte, Laura and Ichika himself put a good word for the three of you. But if the three of you did something to Ichika nor Kanzashi, I myself won't hesitate to axe the three of you outta here.''