Ogata is:Off the top of my head, I can think of a fic for each possible characterization. Name your favorites in the comments!
pure sex on sticks suave heterosexual dating kind of guy,
pure sex on sticks suave heterosexual kind of gay,
geekiest geek that ever did geek
GO OBSESSED PAEDOPHILE?
Hotta Yumi, in the 10th anniversary new editions of the manga, wrote the following notes about Ogata (thanks to hkfoot for the translation):
He's a go nerd. (Translation note: For the curious--"Igo baka desu.")Clearly, Hotta-san sides with the "go geek" hypothesis.
He doesn't think so himself. Wearing his white suit and driving his red sports car, he assumes a very stylish air.
His master, Touya Meijin, knows what a complete go nerd Ogata is. After all, for such a long time, he's watched his disciple completely devote himself to go.
Sai also may have noticed that Ogata's passion for go is no less than his own.
Kuwabara Honinbo is also someone who has seen through him. He wants to provoke Ogata's fervor, but ends up getting involved himself.
Only Ogata himself is completely oblivious.
Because he's Ogata.
There was a spate of Hikago meta about Ogata several years ago. Here are the posts I was able to dig up; leave links in the comments if you can dig up any more.
issen4: About Ogata Seiji and request for thoughts on Ogata (read the comments!)
aishuu: In Defense of Ogata
ann_applecore: On Ogata
ontogenesis: Ogata Seiji's Character Profile (translated from the Gorgeous Character Guide by love)
qem_chibati: answers to the friending meme question about Ogata (again, see comments!)
verloren1983: more recent answers to the same friending meme question
Final food for thought is that in my experience, Ogata is probably involved in more pairings than any other character in Hikago! Pairings I have seen:
So...what do you think? What's your take on Ogata? Do you 'ship him with anyone or no one? What are your favorite fics featuring Ogata?