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!


Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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