Y'know, after Dai skated at Torino, the Eurosport commentators thought he deserved to win bronze. You can see the performance and their commentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NDz9B0VcHk (Not sure how long it's gonna remain there until it's taken down, but...) I'm not sure if he could've even if there wasn't the stupid invalidated lutz (kinda ironic... Oda lost nationals to Takahashi due to Zayaking, Takahashi goes to the Olympics and Zayaks... The penalty for Zayaking is really way too harsh). I'll need to hunt down Buttle's performance to rewatch and compare.
Anyway, Dai did ultimately become the first man from Japan to win an Olympic medal, even without the one from Torino.
Ah, Takeshi Honda... I really think he had a chance to beat Goebel for bronze had he skated two clean programs. He just couldn't put two programs together... But even though he wasn't the greatest competitor, it's undeniable how much he's done for Japanese figure skating.