It can be pretty graphically brutal at times and there is no shortage of good "people" suffering, which I think tends to turn some people off. There is also a strong allegorical religious/spiritual context that may not mesh with some people's views. But once you accept the initial positing of sentient "anthropomorphic" moles, it all plays out in a very natural way.
I liked it so much that I bought "James and the Giant Peach: A play" adapted by Richard George. It's really cool with "Easy-to-make costumes"! Unfortunately, none of my friends wants to take part in the play.
yeah, terrible friends think that it's terribly embarrassing to dress up as insects, sing and dance in front of people. We have manga club but no theatrical club. Sometimes there are competitions between classes but kids here enjoy watching shooting scenes on television.