Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation), referred to by fans as the Advanced Generation series, is the second series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the core series Generation III Pokémon games. It follows the original series and was succeeded by the Diamond & Pearl series. It ran from November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006 in Japan and from November 1, 2003 to March 3, 2007 in the United States, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in the United States on March 15, 2003. It was not given an English name until after the release of Pokémon the Series: XY.
In this series, Ash travels through the Hoenn region in an effort to compete in the Hoenn League there. He is joined not by Misty, who had been his continuous companion for the entirety of the original series, but May, a rookie Trainer from Petalburg City who at first merely wishes to travel. Eventually, she learns of Pokémon Contests and declares herself a Pokémon Coordinator, training to win Ribbons so she can enter the Hoenn Grand Festival. May's brother, Max, also travels with the group and helps map out routes to take using his PokéNav. However, Max is too young to have his own Pokémon. Brock, Ash's near-constant adviser, returns soon after the start of the series, while Misty makes two several-episode cameo appearances.
After Ash competes in the Hoenn League, Ash and Brock return to Kanto while May and Max return to Petalburg City. While on his way home to Pallet Town, Ash meets Scott, who after observing Ash's battle skills invites him to enter the Battle Frontier. He travels around Kanto in an effort to complete the Battle Frontier and is joined again by Brock, Max and May - who is now aiming to compete in the Kanto Grand Festival.
The Advanced Generation series saw a change in the formula followed by the original series, as well. While in Kanto and Johto, Ash encountered all three of those regions' starter Pokémon and caught each, in this series Ash's only capture of a starter was Treecko, while his friends, May and Brock, caught a Torchic and a Mudkip, respectively. Also, unlike when he traveled to the Orange Archipelago and Johto, Ash left behind all of his Pokémon at Professor Oak's, bringing only Pikachu. Another change was new clothing for Ash and Brock. No longer did Ash wear the hat he claimed to have sent in a million postcards for, but instead a completely different outfit. Misty also received a new outfit during her return appearances.
When the Advanced Generation series came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it was divided up into four seasons:
- This is the final series to be dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, and the first series to be dubbed by The Pokémon Company International*. TPCi took over dubbing starting with Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
- This is the first series that has Ash traveling with siblings.
- This series currently holds the record for the longest time taken for Ash to capture a full team of six Pokémon (including Pikachu) for the region, at 108 episodes, the last being Snorunt.
- This is the only series in the dub that Ken Gates is not the narrator for all the seasons.
- This is the only series in which none of Ash's companions own a walking Pokémon.
- This is the only series where Ash doesn't have a starter Pokémon that abandoned or was abandoned by its previous Trainer.
- This is the first series to have distributions of Mythical Pokémon via the movies they starred in, something that would continue into the succeeding series and Generations.
In other languages
|Chinese||Cantonese||寵物小精靈超世代 Chungmat Siujingling: Chiu Saidoi|
|Mandarin||神奇寶貝超世代 Shénqíbǎobèi: Chāo Shìdài|
|Danish||Pokémon-serien: Rubin og safir|
|Dutch||Pokémon-serie: Robijn en saffier|
|Finnish||Pokémon-sarja: Rubiini ja safiiri|
|French||Pokémon, la série : Rubis et Saphir|
|German||Pokémon – Die TV-Serie: Rubin und Saphir|
|Italian||Serie Pokémon Rubino e Zaffiro|
|Korean||포켓몬스터 AG Pocket Monster AG|
|Norwegian||Pokémon-serien: Ruby og Sapphire|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Pokémon, a Série: Rubi e Safira|
|Russian||Покемон сериал: рубин и сапфир|
|European Spanish||La serie Pokémon Rubí y Zafiro|
|Swedish||Pokémon Serien: Rubin och Safir|
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