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Doraemon: Nobita and the Windmasters is a 2003 Anime film, based on the entry from Doraemon's Long Tales of the same name.

A mysterious Cosmic Egg turns up in Suneo's garden one afternoon, hatching into a sentient, baby storm cloud capable of harnessing the power of wind. Barely escaping Suneo who attempted catching the cloud with a butterfly net, the cloud ends up in Nobita's house and making a gigantic mess in the process. After some hijinks, Nobita decides to adopt the cloud, which he names Fuuko, but as Nobita and Doraemon tried finding out Fuuko's origins they end up in a mysterious Storm Village hidden in the plains of Mongolia, whose citizens have the ability to harness the power of the wind for themselves.

Nobita and the rest of his friends eventually rendezvous in the Storm Village, and discovers Fuuko to be one of three components hunted by an ancient demon, Uranda, whom had escaped his subterranean prison. When Fuuko's powers are combined with two other elementals, she will become part of the dreaded Mafuga, an ancient dragon elemental prophecized to destroy the world; it's now up to Nobita, Doraemon, and their usual gang - accompanied by a young boy named Temujin from the Storm Village - to stop Uranda and prevent Mafuga's awakening.

Doraemon: Nobita and the Windmasters contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The original Fuuko from Typhoon Fuuko (see below) is a cyclone with a single eye. In this expanded re-telling Fuuko instead resembles a giant cuddly lump of white cotton with an adorable face, and gains extra cuteness after inhabiting the Fuuko toy (hence her namesake).
  • Adaptation Expansion: The entirety of the film is based on a short story from the manga, Typhoon Fuuko, in which Nobita adopts a baby typhoon under the most unusual circumstances, only to have the baby typhoon pulling a Heroic Sacrifice for Nobita at the ending.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Uranda the ancient Wind Demon and his creation, Mafuga. And they're both being revived only to fall under the control of Professor Storm, a future archeologist who is the true main antagonist.
  • Bittersweet Ending: One that is infinitely more bitter than sweet. With no-one left to stop Mafuga's rampage, Fuuko ultimately decides to sacrifice herself by absorbing the heat from a nearby volcano and then forcing herself into Mafuga's mouth, finally separating Mafuga's components, destroying Gorado and the third spirt at the cost of her own life and preventing Mafuga from ever reforming. In Japan, cyclones and tornadoes forecasted to hit Tokyo following Mafuga's rebirth suddenly comes to a stop, as the prophesized destruction was ultimately averted. But in the aftermath, all that's left of Fuuko is the doll costume she wore to blend in with her human friends. The story ends with Nobita - now back home in Japan - still missing Fuuko, but then he sees a mini-whirlwind blowing some leaves and realize Fuuko is everywhere with him.
  • Blow You Away: The denizens of the Storm Village are trained since childhood to control and manipulate the wind using their enchanted rods, from flying with tornado platforms, launching wind-bullets, and controlling vehicles with the power of wind to generating tornadoes for mundane tasks such as laundry and cleaning house.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Suneo for most of the story after he's possessed by Uranda, complete with Mind-Control Eyes. He snaps out of it after Professor Storm pulls a Dragon Ascendant and sucks Uranda into a seal to take over control of Mafuga, leading to a confused Suneo wondering how did he end up in the Storm Village, wearing Uranda's robes and in the middle of a mess started by Professor Storm.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: The Time Patrol arrives at the end of the story after Fuuko had sacrificed herself to destroy Mafuga, Uranda had been re-sealed, and Professor Storm, realizing his plans for destroying all life on earth has been thwarted, decides to flee only for Doraemon to shoot him out of the sky. The only thing the Patrol did is arresting Storm and taking him back to his prison in the future once all the dust had settled down.
  • Cosmic Egg: Fuuko, Gorado and a third unnamed wind elemental residing in the Red Egg, all three of them when combined, will form the world-destroying dragon elemental, Mafuga, which the evil spirit Uranda - further manipulated by the future archeologist, Professor Storm - is trying to facilitate.
  • Cool Chair: Suneo-as-Uranda gets around on a flying throne powered by a cyclone underneath, since he is Too Important to Walk.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: Tornadoes created by Windmasters, in typical fashion, will suck anyone who touches them in, as shown throughout the movie but most notably when Mafuga's transformation is complete.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Gian, while trying to investigate Uranda!Suneo, infiltrates Uranda's tribe by mugging one of his guards for disguise. Just in time too, with the disguised Gian later knocking out a guard to free an imprisoned Nobita.
  • Eat Me: Fuuko's Heroic Sacrifice at the end, where after Nobita successfully separated her from Mafuga, Fuuko then decides to launch herself into Mafuga's mouth and destroy Mafuga from within, reverting Mafuga back to it's default forms at the cost of her own life.
  • Gentle Giant: The Yaakju is a mountain-sized reindeer god who rescues Nobita and reveals to him the prophecy of Mafuga.
  • Godzilla Threshold: As Mafuga awakens at the end, with nothing else seemingly capable of stopping the great elemental dragon, Doraemon rummaged through his gadgets for something useful... and found the Enlarging Light and a spare Air Cannon. One scene later Doraemon had enlarged himself to kaiju size in order to take on Mafuga.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Uranda is undeniably the greater threat who controls the Mafuga, the one pulling the strings behind Mafuga's awakening is Professor Storm, a 22nd century archeologist who Time Travelled into the present to take over the Storm Tribe as it's leader, manipulates a hostile tribe to ensure the awakening, and to harness Mafuga's powers in order to Take Over the World.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Storm Village, despite their leaps and bounds in wind-based technology, still appears to be stuck in ancient Mongolian times with their clothing, transportation, and technology being Magitek.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Nobita, when battling Uranda (whom had absorbed Fuuko and Gorado into itself) tried calling for Fuuko to regain herself and fight against Uranda's control. It works.
  • Make My Monster Grow: An example where the good guys does it - epically - near the end, when Doraemon enlarges himself with his Enlarging Beam, together with a spare Air Cannon, to take on Mafuga. Possibly the most epic thing the robot cat had done in all those long stories.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Victims of Uranda's possession will gain dark circles around their irises, notably the unfortunate random wolf it used as a vessel as soon as Uranda escapes his prison, and later Suneo.
  • Mythology Gag: Fuuko is only the second major character from Doraemon's Long Tales to die via Heroic Sacrifice at the end after Buggy, both their deaths involving pulling off an Eat Me in order to destroy the respective Big Bad of the story. Their respective sacrifices are remembered through their leftover mementos, respectively, a leftover screw from Buggy and Fuuko's doll outfit.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Professor Storm, the Greater-Scope Villain of the picture, manipulates a hostile tribe into attacking the peaceful Storm Village and initiates the awakening of Uranda in order for Mafuga to be formed, having Mafuga destroy the world as he sees fit.
    The Prophecy was wrong. The reason Iím here is to make it come true. Iím going to destroy everything about this corrupted world and create a whole new era!
  • Pet Gets the Keys: Played with - when Nobita gets captured by Uranda's minions and imprisoned in a cage, Fuuko managed to sneak in trying to locate her master. She found him alongside a drunk guard, and Nobita motions for Fuuko to grab his keys before another guard enters. It backfires with Fuuko grabbing his hat, his spear, his left boot, and a whole pile of Rummage Fail (to Nobita's frustration) as a second guard suddenly enters just as the first is regaining consciousness. But luckily, that second guard turns out to be Gian pulling a Dressing as the Enemy, where he then knocks out the first and frees Nobita.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Fuuko looks like a sentient pile of cotton candy with an adorable face. And she gets even cuter after Nobita decides to disguise her in a Fuuko doll costume!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Uranda the ancient Wind Demon, and his dragon-like creation, the Mafuga. Until Uranda awakens and escapes early in the story, and plots to revive Mafuga.
  • Small, Secluded World: Much like Bauwan, most of this story takes place in the Storm Village, a mystical world populated by wind-controlling humans whose technology is powered entirely by the air.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The third component of Mafuga (after Fuuko and Gorado) is an unnamed wind spirit sealed in a Red Egg, which is held shut by an ancient sword. The sword gets inevitably removed causing Fuuko and Gorado to be combined with the third spirit, turning into the dreaded Mafuga - but in the thick of battle, Nobita retrieves the sword and with Temujin's help, managed to drive the sword through Mafuga's side releasing Fuuko.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Early on, Nobita had this reaction for scolding Fuuko over accidentally breaking one of Shizuka's stuffed toys in a rage after being jealous of Shizuka's affection towards Nobita. He regrets it dearly afterwards, but later found Fuuko near a creek where they make amends.
  • Talking Animal: Yaakju, the ancient yak-god of the mountains who rescued the unconscious Nobita and reveals to him the backstory of the three wind-gods Ė specifically, the fact that Nobitaís beloved new pet, Fuuko, is one of the three components in awakening the demonic dragon Mafuga.
  • Team Hand-Stack: Between Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka and Temujin.
    "The fate of this world depends on us. Letís go!"
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Attempted by Professor Storm, who started all the mess; Uranda has been re-sealed, Mafuga has been destroyed forever (since Fuuko, Gorado and the third spirit which forms it's components are permanently vaporized) and there's nothing else left for the villain. But as Professor Storm tries escaping on his cruiser, Doraemon blasts him out of the sky with one last round of his Air Cannon.

"That's right... I'm not lonely. I'm not lonely anymore. Because Fuuko is everywhere with us." - Nobita