"Anime" is Japanese for "animation." Japan uses animation to tell all kinds of stories: not just goofy family comedies and bloody action spectacles, but also sweet, heartbreaking romances and intense psychological drama. Many are imaginative in ways that would be too expensive for an indie live-action film and too risky for a big-budget movie. In style, Japanese animation is often expressionistic, manipulating line and color to pinpoint shades of emotion.
Of course, most anime sucks, like anything else (Sturgeon's Law). However, Japan has a huge industry and there is amazing stuff pretty regularly if you know where to look for it.
The purpose of this group is to introduce people to startling animation and provide a place for long-time fans and newcomers alike to talk about it. There are two main kinds of events: Movies (about once every two months) and Discussions (about twice a month). For Movies, we go to a theater to watch a film, eat, and talk about it. For Discussions, we stream TV anime at home, get together about once a month for each show, eat, and talk about it.
TV anime are more like serialized movies than American TV shows. They usually are made by one director and one writer or a small team and have a predetermined length, usually 12-26 weekly half-hour episodes. (There are a few that go on and on, but they are the exception.) Most current anime can now be streamed legally with English subtitles on sites such as Hulu and Crunchyroll.
Check out what's coming up! I'm an art house-leaning film grad, but I try to accommodate a range of tastes.