I think he can get there. Skating needs stars and one of them is certainly Daisuke. I'm cool with him winning but he has to do it legitimately. I'd like to see him use more interesting and varied musical interpretation and do the biggest thing that Patrick does: maximize the difficulty of the in betweens. I don't skate but I understand the edge pushing, turns and high low movements take quite a bit out of skaters, so you need to be not only skilled but super fit. My understanding is this is why many top skaters don't do this stuff...because they can't. Doesn't leave enough energy to do the jumps.
Anyway I'm glad people took my post positively. Dai does many things very well, just not as well as Patrick according to CoP.
I know he has very good edges but I wonder about his overall skating skills.
Check the transitional turns he attempted at 3:02 mark of the Japan Open. Turning clockwise on his right foot. Did it badly. A few more turns and he might have gone down. This move subsequently was pulled from the program and replaced by essentially nothing. Leaves me wondering what he's actually able to do...