== hisshi no == desperate
Originally a pictograph of a halberd (mmm, halberds) between two poles. How
this came to mean 'necessarily' is not clear. Henshall suggests taking it as
'heart' (心) and a 'bent lance', and as a mnemonic: 'Lance through heart is
The stroke order for this character seems to contradict the general rule of stroke order that 'strokes that cut through, come last'.