I hate anime and Metal Gear Solid, which is why I’ll probably blow your mind when I say that I’m thoroughly enjoying Zone of the Enders HD Collection so far, which you can expect a review of very soon. Something that really caught my attention was the theme song to Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner.
Titled “Beyond the Bounds” and composed by Maki Kirioka, this song was featured as the main theme for the game and accompanied the intro video. What it really gets right is the Egyptian vibe, which compliments the mythology aspect of the series nicely. A lively singing performance by Maki Kimura (similar name, but not the same person!) is featured alongside an incredible invigorating violin solo near the end. Even though the song is five minutes long, it’s packed with enough energy and variety that it really never gets boring.
Maki Kirioka is a Japanese composer who has worked on a long list of games. Her VGMDB profile can be seen here.
Below, you’ll find the new opening cinematic to Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which includes the song, as well as the standalone version of the song without the special effects. Enjoy!