I'm not saying that to censure anyone, but I wish to point my view about "Atom Stolen":
Through reading that story I've noticed that Atom doesn't wish an adult body, because he does like the body which he had born even if he cannot grow up physically.
Well, considering his frustration of having that body being stolen, I came with the conclusion that he cannot just leave a part of himself behind.
I read this too, and feel it necessary to point out that although Atom was
returned to his child-size body, his "reasons" for wanting to "remain a child" are comical and actually a bit selfish and irresponsible. What were his concerns? He "wouldn't be able to play anymore" or "get an allowance."
Now compare that to the end of "Eternal Boy" where the human children were all joyfully describing what they were looking forward to doing when they "grow up."
Tezuka was clearly
using Atom's "reasons" as a comic foil. Obviously he wasn't going to change Atom so dramatically and without warning in a single story . . . so he provided "reasons"
why Atom would want so desparately to not
look his actual age.
Even in Eternal Boy - which I watched again last night (Japanese w/English subs) . . . Atom is advocating for the fact that growing up is "good" . . . and he is clearly a bit unresolved about his own situation.
The closest he came to addressing it was asking if his friends thought "Vendy" (Wendy) would forget Peter Pan when she grew up, and they all assured him that they didn't think she'd ever forget Peter.
But the important point is this: Atom doesn't
make any kind of statement about how he wants to be a child forever. This story has made him aware of his permanent "ageless-ness" - and it's clear he is considering what that means for him (he's not lamenting it OR celebrating it . . . he's ACCEPTING it as where he is, right now).
Finally . . . remember his anguish in the various tellings of the "Pluto" story arch . . . he begs for more physical strength in order to more readily defeat Pluto.
So it's not
as if Atom never
desires to be other than what he is . . . that's part of what makes him so human. And sometimes it's his acceptance of who he is that is so inspiring -- other times . . . like when he got to experience "fear" -- it's finding out that who he is right now, is the best he can be.
These could be seen as contradictions, but I think they also make him a more interesting character.