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Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, known as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation (ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション Poketto Monsutaa Adobansu Jenereeshon) in Japan and Pocket Monsters AG (포켓몬스터 AG Poketmonseuteo AG) in South Korea, is the second series of the Pokémon anime. It originally aired in Japan from November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006, in South Korea from July 21, 2003 to August 13, 2008, and in the United States from November 1, 2003 to March 3, 2007. The series covers the main protagonist, Ash Ketchum, and his Pikachu's adventures in the new Hoenn region. Before Ash departed for Hoenn, he left all his Pokémon, except for Pikachu, at Professor Oak's lab. Since Misty left the series, she has been replaced by May, a trainer from Petalburg City who is beginning her journey. During their journey, she learned about Pokémon Contests and decided to become a top Pokémon Coordinator. Joining Ash and May on their journey is May's younger brother, Max, and Brock, who returns once again. Team Rocket are still in the series as antagonists chasing after Ash's Pikachu, and oppose Team Magma and Team Aqua. Team Magma and Team Aqua are two villainous team who are rivals and, like most other villainous teams, they want to capture the Legendary Pokémon in their region, Kyogre and Groudon.

After Ash lost in the Hoenn League, he also traveled in the Kanto region after learning about the Battle Frontier, which he successfully beat and earned the title of Frontier Brain.

Commonly referred to, unofficially, as the Advanced Generation series, due to the prior lack of an official English title. Its English title was retroactively created in late 2015 when the series was released on English-language video platforms for digital purchase and download.


South Korea

In South Korea, the series is split into four airing periods. They are:





Key Pokémon



  • Brock flirting with beautiful girls, namely Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy continues with Max and May not knowing what to do, until they see Misty's example. After that, Max takes over from Misty by pulling Brock by his ear.
  • In the official Pokémon Contest, Mr. Sukizo will always say "Remarkable". This continues until the end of the "Diamond and Pearl" series.
  • James’ Cacnea hugs James while hurting him.


Main article: Episode Guide


  • Pokémon: Battle Frontier is the only season in which there is only commercial break bumper segment in English-dubbed version.
    • This is also the only series with eyecatches in the Japanese dub only.
  • The Japanese title, Advanced Generation, is a reference to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Version being released on the Game Boy Advance.
  • This is the first series to use kanji in the episode titles.
  • Ash travels with two male companions, instead of just one.