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Flint the Time Detective (series)

Space-Time Detective Genshi-kun Logo.gif (時空探偵ゲンシクン, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy


Author: Hideki Sonoda, Akira Yamauchi
Publisher: Kodansha
Demographic: Shōnen
Original run: 1999 – 2000
Volumes: 3

TV Anime

Director: Hiroshi Fukutomi
Studio: Group TAC
Licensed By: Sanrio
English Licensed By: Saban Entertainment (Expired)

Enoki Films (Current)

Network: TV Tokyo
Other Networks Italia 1 (Italy)

Antena 3 (Spain)

RTL2 (Germany)

Fox Kids, Jetix (Netherlands)

English network: Fox/Fox Family (Former)
Original run: October 1, 1998 – June 24, 1999
Episodes: 39

Space-Time Detective Genshi-kun (時空探偵ゲンシクン, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun), is an anime series directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi. It was based on a manga by Hideki Sonoda and Akira Yamauchi and was published by Kodansha in Japan. The anime aired from 1998 to 1999 in Japan and ran for 39 episodes.

Flint also starred in a commercial breakfast cerial called "田中食品 ゲンシくんふりかけ".

Each episode was also sold on VHS format.


The show is centered around the adventures of Genshi, the "Time Detective", a boy from the prehistoric era who was resurrected from a fossil in the 22nd century and became a Time Detective, although his competency as a detective is dubious. Much like Inspector Gadget, much of the heavy thinking is done by Flint's friends, Sarah and Tony Goodman who accompany him on his adventures. Genshi-kun, however, pulled his weight in battle, when he would fight with the aid of his father Otatan, who had also been partially resurrected from a fossil (however, his resurrection was not completely successful, leaving him as a sentient rock with a face; all he could do was talk). He was fashioned into a hammer for Genshi-kun, who, in addition to being a sturdy weapon, could give him sage advice in and out of combat. Genshi's job as a Time Detective was to go back in time and convince a race of time-shifters to ally with him to protect the timeline.

Usually he fought against T.P. Lady and her cronies Dyna and Mite (very reminiscent of Marjo, Grocky, and Walther from Time Bokan) who were employed by the Masked Man to retrieve the time-shifters for his own purposes - invade the Land of Time (where he scattered the Time Shifters from). The creatures were similar to Pokémon or Digimon in that, in addition to their collectivity, they originate as small, cute creatures, who can evolve into much stronger forms.



Time-Space Monsters


  • The Japanese company Sanrio helped produce this series and is the only shōnen title they produced.