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Advanced Generation series

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[[File:Pokémon the Series Ruby and Sapphire logo.png|thumb|English logo]]
[[File:Advanced Generation series logo.png|thumb|Japanese logo]]
'''''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 {{series|original}} and was succeeded by the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}. 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 ''[[XYthe {{series|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 {{an|Misty}}, who had been his continuous companion for the entirety of the original series, but {{an|May}}, a rookie Trainer from [[Petalburg City]] who at first merely wishes to travel. Eventually, she learns of [[Pokémon Contest]]s and declares herself a [[Pokémon Coordinator]], training to win [[Ribbon]]s 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. {{an|Brock}}, Ash's near-constant adviser, returns soon after the start of the series, while Misty makes two several-episode cameo appearances.