A sub-category of VisualNovels which avert the tradition of having MultipleEndings and instead focusing on a singular, linear plot. There are no choices whatsoever, nor is there any form of interactivity involved. In other words, it's basically a ShortStory accompanied by visuals and audio. Originally used to describe certain visual novels by Creator/KeyVisualArts (notably VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}), it has since then been used to encompass other visual novels.

07th Expansion (makers of the ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series) refer to these as "sound novels," referring to the use of background music and sound effects to "punctuate" the story.
!!Examples of this genre:
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (both Franchise/WhenTheyCry series feature several minor choices, but these are used to build up the linear plot, rather than establish branching plots; Umineko has a LastSecondEndingChoice though)
* ''VisualNovel/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'' (a collection of short, more or less independent stories)
* ''VisualNovel/EdenTheyWereOnlyTwoOnThePlanet''
* ''VisualNovel/FaultMilestoneOne''. It has one branch in chapter 3, [[ButThouMust but it only affects the dialog immediately following it and doesn't impact the overall story in any meaningful way.]]
* ''VisualNovel/JunipersKnot''
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''
* ''VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}''
* ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}''
* ''VisualNovel/RedShift''
* ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays''
* ''VisualNovel/SekienNoInganock''
* ''VisualNovel/SongsOfAraiah''
* ''VisualNovel/SugarsDelight''
* ''VisualNovel/TrueRemembrance''
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Xrd'''s Story Mode