Hey Scott! Sorry it took me so long to respond. But ya I have noticed that Netflix has been getting some fairly decent series lately. It appears they signed some big deals with FUNimation in particular.
You should check out Darker than Black if you haven't yet. It's a solid series with good action. The plot is a bit confusing and never really goes anywhere until it falls apart in the second season, but the first season is still very fun to watch.
I noticed that they have Queens Blade on NF instant right now too. I haven't finished it myself yet, and actually have been waiting for my blu-ray copies in the since the beginning of December. It appears that Media Blasters couldn't even keep up with there pre-orders. This series is really hit or miss though. We are talking extreme violence and border line Hentai subject matter. Not for the squeamish. It's probably a perfect example of a title that people who point at anime fans as being freaks, would use to prove our hedonism. What ever, it's a fun title if you don't take it seriously.
As far as NetFlix instant watch goes, it is as it is. Movies and series are always changing. The most recent posts might even be obsolete week to week. Last time I checked my most recent post's series are all still available. I also just noticed that XxxHolic is on instant watch now. There are some other great sources on the net to watch Anime. I put some of those sites together here.
The best way to revive a discussion, is to do what you just did. Post a question.
I've pretty much added all the instant watch anime I can find. Mushi-Shi is one of my all-time favorites. I just wish they would give them to us in their original language. Some of the dubs are good, but it doesn't seem right to watch such very Japanese shows as Mushi-Shi, Moribito or Samurai Seven in English. Since they actually offer Samurai Seven on Bluray (and I'm paying extra for it), I've been getting those instead.
Ghost Hound is great.
I've ordered Queen's Blade on BluRay but it's on backorder from Amazon. I really enjoyed the first disc which I rented a while back.
I've had Queens Blade pre-ordered on Blu-ray now on Amazon since December 3rd. I'm more than a bit annoyed that they couldn't even fulfill their pre-order obligations. I'm close to to canceling my order. I can't begin to imagine why media blasters would alienate consumers further by neglecting the few titles they have licensed worth buying.
I agree with you about the dub's mostly, but Samurai Seven's dub really didn't bother me all that much. Neither did Samurai Champloo's, even though it's also an edo period samurai series. You can add Samurai X, Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, to the list of samurai series that had a good dub although that series does sound much better in Japanese. Instant watch does have it's limitations though since you can't control language options. I've been meaning to watch Ghost Hound for so long now, but alas so little time.