With the trouble Sexy Zone fans are having with trying to pick out which versions of their debut single to buy or trying to figure out how to afford them all, I realized that I have to figure out where this new group falls in my "to buy" list when it comes to Johnny's. It's pretty clear they aren't at the top but they still are starting pretty high thanks to having one of my favorite Juniors, Nakajima Kento, in it and the most recent Junior that has caught my attention Sato Shori. So to help myself sort things out, as there aren't any Johnny's groups I dislike but only so many I can follow with purchases, I'm making this entry to help make the decision clearer for myself.
Top Tier (aka Just take my money now!)
My two favorite groups, NEWS & Hey! Say! JUMP, are the only two in this tier. They are the ones I will buy releases of immediately if I can afford to, and if I can't save up money to buy later. I might skip some versions of a release though, like if the RE has the same tracks as the LE (I personally don't care at all for karaoke track so I don't count those). But in the end if I don't have at least one version of a release then it probably just means I'm saving up for it.
Upper Middle Tier (aka I love you, but I do need to eat sometime.)
This is where my two other group loves, TOKIO & Kis-My-Ft2, are as well as my favorite sub-units Tegomass & NYC. These are the ones where I don't mind missing out on releases at times, especially the more costly concert DVDs and the like. But I am at least likely to by one version of their CD singles and albums and if I really like the extras and can afford to will by more than one version. This is the tier I can see SZ fitting into, but I think it's going to depend on how much I like their next couple of singles.
Lower Middle Tier (aka I either honestly like you for your music or I only have love for some of the group.)
This is the tier Kanjani8 and KAT-TUN are in and Kinki Kids is on the low end of this. This tier is for the groups that I will typically wait for the albums to come out for them, unless a single comes out and I find myself in love with the title track. For K8 I do like them for their music but for KAT-TUN I only really like Ueda Tatsuya & Taguchi Junnosuke and while the others I enjoy them butjust not enough to part with my money for them. So for them I really only buy the releases that have their solos on them. I put Kinki Kids on the low end because I find them hit or miss with their albums so I skip some but the ones I do like I pretty much love to death.
Bottom Tier (aka If I really like the single I might get it, maybe.)
This is the tier that everything else falls under. As I mentioned before I don't dislike any Johnny's but there are a few I'm apathetic towards. Even then though if they ever release a single that I find myself liking I'll at least think about buying it. Some groups at the top of this tier I'll buy the single collections of and best ofs, such as SMAP & Arashi.
Of course there are the one shots and the like but those of course have to be decided on a case by case basis but this is the mainly the way I figure out where my money goes when it comes to Johnny's.