Space-Time Detective Genshi Promoted Jikumon Tanteidan (時空探偵ゲンシクン―進め!ジクモン探偵団), was the manga produced by Bom Bom Comics to promote the upcoming anime series.
The manga was released as a promo within Bom Bom comics. It is a short 6 chapter manga that was released as part of the promotion of the anime. Many elements of the book did not appear in the anime, those that did had slight changes. The book is overall placed sometime in development between the production of the anime and the concepts for the series since Jitterbug-kon has his anime appearance and not his early promo appearance.
The general tone was a little darker then the anime, being much more serious and mature. Even in regards to flint himself. Dr. Bernard Goodman was originally a smoker in the manga, this was reference in episode 15 when the Goodman twins meet an ancestor of theirs who was a smoker.
Merlock had both a different approach to his character and slightly altered character. Merlock's Vampire heritage made it to the Manga, though it took a different approach. Merlock is portrayed as a man who is inpatient with the attics of others. He is mistrusting of people due to how Vampires were forced into hiding and does not have any faith in humanity. Merlock and Sarah's roles in the anime are Getalong and Wolfen's, though Merlock's rescuing of Sarah is more slapstick humor. In the anime, Merlock because as much of a target for humor by the storyline the majority of his appearances. In the manga he is still subject to humorous situations but his klutzy accidents are absent and are replaced with simple facial reaction or general being knocked aside by other characters rather then himself getting into situations.
In the manga, the few historic characters that appear had less of an important role in freeing the Shifters. Those that appeared had different depictions within the manga to the anime.
Raldo has a crest and different stomach design, as does Coconaut Master.
The Time Shifters are "devices" (as originally planned in the series), many reflect this by showing robotic parts in their bad and/or Super forms.
The memories of those they meet are not erased, and history is allowed to be altered on minor levels so long as history itself is not completely re-written.
Chapter 1: Let's Step Through Time & Space Genshi-kun!Edit
The chapter begins with Getalong spying through a glass as the Old Timer's hour-glass home drifts between time and space, with glimpses into different timelines. Getalong is scolded for shirking, but continues to watch a human who has caught their attention; Flint Hammerhead a small boy living in pre-historic times. The shifter panics when a Tyrannosaurus Rex appears, however much to his surprise and relief the child and dinosaur clap each other on the chest before parting ways; the two are friends exchanging a quick greeting.
As he continues on his way Flint spots the land of time floating by where Getalong tells the Old Timer about Flint, who agrees that he seems to be good person. Getalong says they'd like to make friends with him however Wolfen, the leader of the Time Shifters, advises against getting involved with humans as a Time Shifter's powers can be influenced by whether they are with people who are good or bad. He also explains that because of how sheltered they are shifters can easily be manipulated by evil, so instead of befriending humans they take interest in they should help them from the land of time. Just then the Dark Lord attacks noticing that Petra Fina Dagmar, who he calls his puppet, is nearby and breaks the glass around the Old Timer's home.
Flint spots the breaking hourglass and calls for his father who whacks him on the head for daydreaming, Flint points to the hourglass but all his father can see is a male and female dinosaur engrossed with each other, which causes his father to get mad again. The two then start training, Flint is incredibly strong despite his small size and young age, managing to toss a large boulder to his father and lift another himself; though he's unaware of how strong he is and is more impressed by his father who insists that a nearby Brontosaurus is stronger, though he comments that he only says as much because they're friends as Flint spars with the dinosaur and wins easily.
Flint once again notices the hourglass shattering and the Shifters scatter, meanwhile Petra arrives and is thrilled to see the time shifters, though puzzled when she's blamed for the attack. Wolfen transforms into his super form and attacks the ship, Petra stamps him with a stamp she was given by the Dark Lord (while disguised as a street merchant) and is pleasantly surprised to see it works. As Wolfen is consumed by dark forces, Getalong remembers the young caveman he saw and runs for help as the rest of the Time Shifters escape into different parts of the Timeline.
Meanwhile, Rocky still can't see anything an increasingly upset Flint is pointing to, until Getalong lands on Rocky's face. Flint thinks Getalong is food and tries to eat him, Getalong uses his love beam on Flint, but this makes it worst as now Flint loves his potential dinner. Petra shows up and Rocky falls in love with her upon sight. Dino and Mite offer Flint a bag of pet food in exchange for Getalong, though he's tempted Getalong performs the greeting the cave boy exchanged with the dinosaur earlier, making him realise that Getalong wants to his friend and refuse to hand the shifter over.
As Petra prepares to fire the fossil gun at them Rocky appears behind her and grabs her, causing her to miss and turn a dinosaur to stone. She tries to fire it at Rocky, but Getalong hits her with his love beam, causing her to fall in love with Rocky. Dino & Mite call for help from Wolfen-con, who attacks Rocky and sends him flying. Flint runs to help him, dodging Wolfen's attacks, before he tunnels under ground (mimicking a mole) and does a sneak attack on Wolfen, whacking him hard before being caught by Getalong. Wolfen sees the friendship Getalong and Flint share, causing him to remember taking notice a human child once, Sarah Goodman, and wanting to befriend her the same way Getalong wanted to befriend Flint and the Oldtimer advising him to watch over her. This allows Wolfen to break free of Petra's control and return to normal.
Just then, a nearby volcano erupts and Petra flees, in the chaos Wolfen spots the fossil gun and uses it to save everyone moments before the lava reaches them.
When Flint next opens his eyes, he's a stone fossil in the time bureau's laboratory and centuries have passed.
Chapter 2: Who!? The One That Ate Ototan!!Edit
The old Timer contacts an old man named Z•Z living in a beat-up home in the current timeline who has Bubblegum with him and informs him that he won't be the one retrieving the Time Shifters. Z•Z is furious and insists that he's capable of doing the job...shortly before putting his back out. The old timer explains that he has a new job for him and takes notice of Bubblegum, who Z•Z had found crying in the time stream, before asking Z•Z to leave the task of tracking the shifters down to "That Child". Z•Z has his doubt that this new time detective can do the job and the old timer asks him to give him a chance and says that he's waiting to awaken at the time bureau.
Meanwhile back at Dr. Bernard Goodman's lab, Getalong, Rocky Hammerhead and Flint Hammerhead's fossils are examined and Sarah is already trying to befriend them. Puu-chan hands Dr.Goodman the fossil gun, which he and the twins recognise as the gun that he invented, which had been sold to Miss Iknow some time before. Dr.Goodman uses it to turn Flint and Getalong back to normal, the excited caveboy investigates everything in the lab while Dr. Goodman identifies Getalong as a timeshifter. When Flint tries to exchange his usual greeting with Sarah, she becomes upset that he touched her chest until Getalong explains that's how he greets his friends. This calms her down and she accepts his friendship, smiling as Flint turns his attention to a now worried Tony.
Dino and Mite are watching the events and wonder how they should retrieve the gun. When Mite comments on how Petra is still pinning over Rocky, Dino tells him not to bad mouth her as their hatching from eggs she purchased from a masked man (the dark lord in disguise) was the first of many disappointments she's suffered. Because of all the unhappiness they've seen her suffer Dino wants to do everything possible to make her happy.
After hearing the story Dr. Goodman deduces that somebody must have turned them into fossils which causes Flint & Getalong to realise Wolfen or Rocky must have done it and both are missing. Flint looks all over the lab for his father and is briefly puzzled that Dr. Goodman has his scent, he then notices the bones from the chicken Dr. Goodman had been eating earlier and assumes he ate his father. Sarah worsens the situation by asking if "Oto-tan" was good, not realising what Flint meant, and Flint chases Dr.Goodman out of the lab and into town, stomping on Dino & Mite in the process.
Flint causes havoc as he chases Dr.Goodman throught the city, lifting up cars and throwing them at Goodman; Z•Z has been watching and comments the boy is too reckless to be a time detective before stepping out with Bubblegum to stop him. Meanwhile, Flint's rampage is on the news, much to Sarah and Tony's shock. The noise wakes Rocky, who apparently was stuck as a stone block.
Back where Flint is, Z•Z goes to fight Flint, but his back gives in leaving Bubblegum to have to step in. From out of nowhere, Petra's stamp lands on his head, leaving her familiar P-mark on his head and he turns into Bubblegum con. Dr. Goodman tries to sneak off, but Flint catches him. Getalong fires his love beam at Bubblegum, but the beam has no effect. When Getalong is attacked, Flint defends him, Z•Z notes how they treat each other.
As Bubblegum continues to attack, Flint hears the familair voice of his father. Bubblegum fires a canonball at Flint, he leaps onto it and rides it, changing its direction to hit Petra's ship.
Defeated, Bubblgum reverts back to normal. As news of Petra's defeat spread on the news, the Dark Lord is not happy with the events.
With the misunderstanding of Rocky Hammerhead's fate cleared up, Z•Z discusses Flint becoming a Time detective. Just then, Z•Z's back gives in.
Dr. Bernard makes a Ridon, Flint and Rocky are programmed with language understanding so they can travel to any time period without hindrance and Rocky is made into a stone axe. The chapter ends with Jitterbug being mentioned.
Chapter 3: Rock With The Dancing Himiko & HaniwaEdit
In the 2nd century Japan, Jitterbug arrives. He lands on the princess of Japans head, having somehow fallen to pieces. He asks for her help.
Back in the future, a meeting between Miss Iknow and the Goodman twins reveals that their teacher is really Petra in disguise.
Back at Dr. Bernard Goodman's ab, reports of an unknown Shifter com in. Flint, Getalong, Bubblegum, Pterry and the twins head off.
Meanwhile in the past, the Princess has finished putting Jitterbug together but there is a piece missing. After some banter about how everyone must adore her, Jitterbug soon reveals his abilities to control movement. As Flint and his friends arrive, they soon find themselves being forced to dance as well. Flint enjoys the dancing greatly. Tony develops a small crush on hthe princess.
Petra arrives in the tie period. She pulls out a gift from the Dark Lord which leads her to Jitterbug... Or rather the missing piece of Jitterbug's body. Since the device is only leading her to this piece, Petra decides simply to attack until she finds Jitterbug. Flint and his friends go off to settle the disturbance.
Tony reassures the Princess everything will be fine.
Flint begins to bang a drum, which creates a beat that Jitterbug dances to, causing Petra and her henchmen to dance along also. During their dance they move towards Jitterbug, Petra places his missing part on his head completing him and since she had stamped that part already, it automatically places Jitterbug under her control. Jitterbug is transformed to Jitterbug-kon, he eats the ground and turns the earth he ate into missiles which he files at Flint.
During the fight, Getalong is attacked, but Wolfen Master strikes the missile with his sword. Getalong does not see Wolfen himself but know it was him who interfered.
The princess aids in confusing Jitterbug long enough for Flint to grab his leg and toss him into the air. Flin grabs everyone and they hope onto Jitterbug-kon. They direct him onto a nearby yet exploded missile and shatter him.
As Petra and her henchmen watch, the townspeople approach angry at their actions. The Princess once again piece Jitterbug (now back to normal) together. The townsfolk express how much they love their princess.
Back home, things become lively as Bubblegum and Jitterbug compete over everything.
Chapter 4: I don't want a sad endingEdit
Sarah enters the room in which Flint is playing with the rescued Time Shifters in. She is crying. Flint and the Time shifters try and cheer her up, Tony thinks their methods won't work but Sarah bursts into laughter anyway. Sarah explains the reason for her tears was she read the story of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. As Tony reads the story, the others too find it tear inducing. They get the idea to go back in time to save the little match girl, as they leave Tony expresses surprise that there are people besides his sister who become engrossed in stories so easily. Meanwhile, Petra is reading another story by Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid, however the ending is altered with the Prince having the Mermaid arrested for stalking. As Petra demands to know what's going on Talen appears out of the book.
When Flint and the others arrive in Anderson's time period Sarah explains the plan to rescue the match girl by asking Mr Anderson to change the ending and the shifters talk amongst themselves about somebody who could enter the worlds inside stories. Upon find Mr Anderson's home they a group of people are at his door throwing copies of his books; Sarah is puzzled by this and upon inspecting one of the discarded books they find Petra has stamped Talen and is using her powers to berate the Prince for his callous treatment of the Mermaid, before falling for him herself. Flint and company try to stop her, but are unable to enter the book. Anderson appears and is confronted by Flint & his friends; though he appreciates their feelings, upon seeing a poor child standing in the cold as a better off mother & child walk by, he apologises that he cannot change the ending.
Just then a note is left next to Getalong saying that if they stay close to Mr Anderson they will find a way into the book, Getalong realises it is from Wolfen and that he survived the eruption. Above her are Wolfen, Bindi and Merlock Holmes, Merlock asks Wolfen why he won't appear himself and the shifter explains he feels he has no right to after failing to protect the land of time from the Dark Lord and letting himself being used by evil. As Anderson sits down to write he thinks of Flint & Sarah and regrets upsetting them. Just then, Dino, Mite and Talen pop out of the book he is writing and kidnap Anderson by dragging him into the book to prevent him from fixing the stories they've changed. Flint manages to grab Mite's hair and is dragged into the book, with everyone else being dragged in as well when Jitterbug grabs him.
Inside the story, Petra has seized control of all of Anderson's stories and is making everyone do her bidding, suddenly everyone sucked in by Talen's powers lands on her. When confronted by Jitterbug Talen hides from his sword as she's afraid of sharp objects, Bubblegum then traps Talen in a bubble which frightens her when it rises. Petra gets angry at Talen for being so weak and cowardly as Bubblegum & Jitterbug explain that Talen is a liability; however Flint argues that if Talen is weak they should help her, just like they wanted to help the little match girl, which makes the two shifters feel ashamed of their words. After being yelled at Talen asked for food fried in oil when Mite gives her some she is able to transform into Talen-kon, much to Petra's delight.
The transformation leaves Talen dizzy and when she sees Flint and the others after he calls out to her, they appear to have five heads which causes Talun to panic. She spins her tails around her body to form a ball-like shield, Flint attempts to reach her but she lashes out smashing his belt, knocking Petra and company away and destroying the castle. Rocky realises there's no way they can win like this and instructs Flint to stall for time. Anderson protects his characters from the rubble of the collapsing castle, seeing this makes Sarah realise that despite some of his stories having sad endings he genuinely cares about his characters.
Meanwhile, Flint sees Talen swerve away from a fallen turret castle he realises that even though she's transformed, Talun is still afraid of the same things as before. This gives him the idea to launch Talun into the air like a panda does with a ball, this causes her to panic and revert back to normal as Flint catches her.
Outside the book Anderson once again tells everyone that as much as he appreciates their feelings he cannot change the ending, explaining that there are people like the match girl everywhere in the world and he wrote the story to help people to realise this and step up to help them. As he explains the meeting from before repeats, this time with the child pulling away from their mother to give their scarf to the poor child; seeing this Sarah understands and reassures her friends she won't cry anymore.
Later she's reading the story again at home while Flint and the shifters listen outside her room, when she nears the end she sees a page Flint has taped to her book with a new ending where the girl becomes friends with all of them, which makes Sarah smile. Meanwhile Petra, Dino & Mite are still trapped in the book and selling matches.
Chapter 5: Discover The New Continent! The Ocean Crossing IdiotEdit
Chapter 6: Good-Bye! Hot-Blood!! Home Run!!!Edit
- In Chapter 2, there is a poster seen with Pikachu from Pokémon on it, although its eyes are covered by a censor bar.
- Translator badges do not exist in the manga, instead language is inserted into the brain via a computer.
- Z•Z's computer runs on a windows operations system - the operating system is actually a set of windows!
- There is some design inconsistency within the manga.
- The snake head on Lynx's band has a cobra hood in chapter 1 and a more reptilian tail. At the end of the manga, he is almost identical to how he appears in the anime.
- Merlock's ears are drawn smaller in Chapter 5, in Chapter 4, they are also a different shape and drawn less human-like.
- This is the only time the Shifter Ekoeko is seen within the actual storyline.