Anime is a Japanese abbreviation for "animation." While, in America, animation is mostly farce for kids (Wall-E and Waking Life notwithstanding), Japan has both kids' cartoons like Pokémon and a wide range of expressive animation aimed at teenagers and adults. The purpose of Anime Visions is to introduce current animation with mature appeal and bring people together to talk about it while eating delicious food.
The recently retired Hayao Miyazaki has become publicly equated with great Japanese animation, but Japan has many other great animators with their own voices and styles who are overlooked, such as the surreal Satoshi Kon, the poignant Makoto Shinkai, the vibrant Mamoru Hosoda, the crazy Hideaki Anno, and more. Unfortunately, Kon is dead and the others only come out with movies every few years. When great anime movies come out, we see them, but that's only about every other month.
However, anime also boasts a unique cult of late-night TV miniseries. Most of them are crap (Sturgeon's Law). However, unlike in American TV, creative control tends to rest in the hands of a few, sometimes just one writer and one director, so the best are out of this world. Japanese TV is based on quarters (Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, etc.). TV anime typically run half an hour weekly for one or two consecutive quarters to tell a story with a beginning and end. (There are some that run longer, but we avoid those.) Most current anime can now be streamed legally with English subtitles on sites such as Hulu, Crunchyroll, the Anime Network, and Daisuki.
We generally have monthly meetings to discuss two current anime series. Check out the descriptions (with links). If one doesn't appeal to you, check out the other, usually very different. If you're a couple months behind, don't worry; it'll only take a few fun hours to catch up.
If you're a fan, welcome. If you're new to anime, prepare to have your mind blown.