I just saw this on the official Pokemon YouTube channel : Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon—Train On #01
I was shown this Japanese ad earlier this year by one of my friends. This is literally the definition of a GOOD Pokemon commercial. Production value is there for sure; acting, music, and real locations all contribute to the ad’s emotional effect. I think this really embraces what it means to play Pokemon; creating bonds between players despite any potential cultural barriers. It also reminds me of some old ads from the 90s.
This commercial is so much better than the cut and dry gameplay trailers that they have in North America (all Western regions?). Although gameplay trailers are great for just information download (for example Get a Special Munchlax for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!) Its great to see this earlier commercial air for North America/Western regions. Thanks Pokemon Company/Nintendo!