The beach date was so sweet. So was the part where Yumi met Kouichi's mom. And the kiss!
I'm beginning to wonder...after all of the KouichixYumi development (especially in this episode), is it even possible for a MaoxKouichi ending?
Kouichi might have some feelings for Mao locked away deeply, but Yumi is all he is thinking about as of late.
And even if Kouichi still has feelings for Mao despite Yumi, he's not the type that would go and break Yumi's heart selfishly. And no matter how much Mao cries in the preview, I seriously doubt Yumi will simply roll over and give Kouichi up to Mao. She is an admirable character, after all.
The only possibility of a KouichixMao ending imo is if Yumi moves away, Kouichi never sees her, and the feelings fade. But I doubt that will happen- true love conquers all, ne?
I believe Yumi has already won the race to Kouichi's heart. Mao needs to think twice before confessing to Kouichi or she'll end up with a broken heart.