Advanced Generation series
The Advanced Generation series (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) is the second series of the Pokémon anime. It ran from November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006 in Japan and from March 15, 2003 to March 3, 2007 in the United States.
In this series, Ash 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. 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.
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.
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. Also, unlike when he traveled to the Orange Islands and Johto, Ash left behind all of his Pokémon at Professor Oak's, bringing only Pikachu.
When the Advanced Generation series came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it was divided up into four seasons:
- Pokémon: Advanced (AG001 - AG040)
- Pokémon: Advanced Challenge (AG041 - AG092)
- Pokémon: Advanced Battle (AG093 - AG145)
- Pokémon: Battle Frontier (AG146 - AG192)
- This is the only series in which Ash does not have a defined rival.
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|
- TV Tokyo (Japanese)
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